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Revolution and Literature: Volodymyr Vynnychenko's Responses to the Ukrainian Revolution of 1918-1920

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The figure of Volodymyr Vynnychenko (1880-1951), a famous writer and politician, is particularly interesting for the analysis of the ambivalence of the Ukrainian National revolution, 1917-1920. It is Vynnychenko who was Deputy Chairman of the Central Rada, the head of the General Secretariat, and the head of Directorate – who witnessed the deep oppositions of this revolution – social, political, psychological, and moral. As a talented writer, Vynnychenko recorded in his Diaries and his works, on the one hand, the differences between the interests of various groups, individuals and parties that participated in this revolution. On the other hand, he left a lot of personal documents, and recorded the internal biography of the leader of the national revolution resorting to introspection and even psychoanalysis of traumatic situations of this revolution in his works of art (Between the two Forces, 1918; Across the Line, 1919).

Dr Tamara Hundorova is a Chair of the Department of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the Institute of Literature of the NAS of Ukraine, a Dean at the Ukrainian Free University, Munich and an Associate Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She is the author of 10 books, including Tranzytna kultura. Symptomy postkolonial’noji traumy (2013); Pisliachornobyl’s’ka biblioteka. Ukrains’kyj literaturnyj postmodernism (2005, second edition 2013); Kitsch i literatura. Travestii (2008); Proiavlennia slova. Dyskursiia rannioho ukrains’koho modernizmu (1997, second edition 2009); Femina melancholica. Stat’ i kul’tura v gendernij utopii Ol’hy Kobylians’koi (2002) and numerous publications on modernism, postmodernism, feminism, postcolonial studies and history of Ukrainian literature. She is the editor of Ievropeiska melancholia (2008); Modernism pislia postmodernu (2008); Postkolonializm. Generatsii. Kultura (with A.Matusiak, 2014). Dr Hundorova taught at Harvard University (USA), Toronto University (Canada), Greifswald University (Germany), Ukrainian Free University (Germany), Kyiv-Mohyla University (Ukraine). She is a former Fulbright Scholar (1998, 2009) and a recipient of Yacyk Distinguished Fellowship, Shklar fellowship of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, 21st Century COE Program Foreign Visitors Fellowship at the Center of Slavic and Eurasian Studies of the Hokkaido University, and the MUNK School of Global Affair (University of Toronto). Dr Hundorova is a member of the Advisory Board of Harvard Ukrainian Studies (USA), EAST /West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (Canada), Postcolonial Europe (Sweden), Porowninia (Poland).

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