Year XVI, Issue 3 (173)

February 2012
Mykola Riabchuk. Ambigious Borderland
Kateryna Botanova. Hostages to Revolution
Serhii Hirik. Reaching the Wall on the Right
Yulia Iemets-Dobronosova. Fickle Fortune and Collapse
John Terborgh. Out of Contact
Maria G. Rewakowicz. Post-Feminism in the Works of Ukraine’s Women Authors of the Younger Generation
Iryna Slavinska. A Prize as a Symptom
Olena Haleta. An Anthropologist Arrives at the Meeting Place
Askold Melnyczuk. Too Vivid for Philosophy: Milan Kundera, Orhan Pamuk and the Path of Fiction
Ostap Slyvynsky. On Not Being a Child of My Age



The March issue of Krytyka opens with “Ambigious Borderland” by Mykola Riabchuk, a Ukrainian political expert and columnist who reviews Borderlands into Bordered Lands. Geopolitics of Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine by Tatiana Zhurzhenko. Riabchuk focuses particularly on what has long drawn his own interest as a researcher: the Ukrainian-Russian border, both on the ground and in the mind, on issues of post-Soviet identity, and the consequences they have for Ukrainian modernization.

Krytyka continues the discussion on freedom of art and self-expression evoked by the closing of the Ukrainian Body exhibition and soon thereafter the Visual Culture Research Center at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (see Krytyka no. 1–2, 2012). In her “Hostages to Revolution” Kateryna Botanova, the director
of the Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art (Kyiv), art critic and the editor-in-chief of KORYDOR online-magazine, focuses on how art criticism was diluted as a consequence of this controversy. Serhii Hirik of the Hrushevsky Institute of Ukrainian Archaeography and Source Studies writes on how academics have responded to the Ukrainian Body challenge in “Reaching the Wall on the Right.” 

Yulia Iemets-Dobronosova, a poet and philosopher, explores the convergence of liberal arts and the natural sciences. Among others, she focuses on Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond, Californian biologist and Pulitzer Prize winner. In her “Fickle Fortune and Collapse” Iemets-Dobronosova takes her cue from Diamond’s melding of anthropology with biology, of linguistics and genetics with history.

Another perspective on that conjunction appears in “Out of Contact” by John Terborgh, research professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University and Director of its Center for Tropical Conservation. In his article for The New York Review of Books (Krytyka re-runs its translation as the NYRB’s exclusive partner in Ukraine), Terborgh brings up ecological, political and ethical issues regarding the future of uncontacted tribes, particularly in the Amazon.

Maria G. Rewakowicz of University of Washington in Seattle examines the prose works of three Ukrainian women authors – Sofia Andrukhovych, Irena Karpa, and Tania Maliarchuk, all of whom had made their debut in the 2000s. In her “Post-Feminism in the Works of Ukraine’s Women Authors of the Younger Generation” Rewakowicz argues that their literary approach fits the conceptual frames of what is commonly labeled as post-feminism, and dispenses with the discourse of victimization while drawing on progressive ideas of empowerment and choice as substitutes for political activism. 

In her “A Prize as a Symptom” the Ukrainian literary observer and translator Iryna Slavinska examines the phenomenon of the LitAkcent Prize and the building of cultural hierarchies in Ukraine in general. Olena Haleta of Lviv Franko University reviews the book Poetyka formy v prozi postmodernizmu (dosvid serbs’koji literatury) by Alla Tatarenko, the translator and the indefatigable promoter of Balkan literature, and particularly postmodern texts, in Ukraine. In her essay “An Anthropologist Arrives at the Meeting Place” Haleta compares the efforts of a translator of postmodern literature to an anthropologist, dealing not only with a text, but also with a
cultural tradition and its roots.

In his essay “Too Vivid for Philosophy: Milan Kundera, Orhan Pamuk and the Path of Fiction” Askold Melnyczuk explores the state of the novel, novelists, and literature at large, and how the novel creates visions of the future.

The issue concludes with a memorial essay “On Not Being a Child of My Age,” by Ostap Slyvynsky, poet, translator, and co-editor of Radar magazine (Poland – Ukraine – Germany) who writes on the Polish poet Wisіawa Szymborska, Nobel Prize winner (1996), and her unconventional path in Polish literature and public discourse.

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