The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of the Ukrainian Jew by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Iokhanan Petrovskii-Shtern | | 9780300137316 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of the Ukrainian Jew

The Anti-Imperial Choice: The Making of the Ukrainian Jew

by Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, Iokhanan Petrovskii-Shtern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300137311

ISBN-13: 9780300137316

Pub. Date: 04/28/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book is the first to explore the Jewish contribution to, and integration with, Ukrainian culture. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern focuses on five writers and poets of Jewish descent whose literary activities span the 1880s to the 1990s. Unlike their East European contemporaries who disparaged the culture of Ukraine as second-rate, stateless, and colonial, these

Overview

This book is the first to explore the Jewish contribution to, and integration with, Ukrainian culture. Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern focuses on five writers and poets of Jewish descent whose literary activities span the 1880s to the 1990s. Unlike their East European contemporaries who disparaged the culture of Ukraine as second-rate, stateless, and colonial, these individuals embraced the Russian- and Soviet-dominated Ukrainian community, incorporating their Jewish concerns in their Ukrainian-language writings.

The author argues that the marginality of these literati as Jews fuelled their sympathy toward Ukrainians and their national cause. Providing extensive historical background, biographical detail, and analysis of each writer’s poetry and prose, Petrovsky-Shtern shows how a Ukrainian-Jewish literary tradition emerged. Along the way, he challenges assumptions about modern Jewish acculturation and Ukrainian-Jewish relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300137316
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2009
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Politics of Names and Places: A Note on Transliteration....................xiii
List of Abbreviations....................xv
Introduction....................1
CHAPTER 1. A Prayer for Ukraine: The Improbable Identity of Hryts'ko Kernerenko....................24
CHAPTER 2. Between Two Fires: The National-Communist Utopia of Ivan Kulyk....................62
CHAPTER 3. Writing the Body: The Passion and Freedom of Raisa Troianker....................111
CHAPTER 4. Being for the Victims: Leonid Pervomais'kyi's Ethical Responses to Violence....................165
CHAPTER 5. A Messiah from Czernowitz: The Language and Faith of Moisei Fishbein....................228
Epilogue....................275
Notes....................281
Selected Bibliography....................323
Index....................337
Illustrations follow p. 164

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