Ukrainian literaiy scholarship, more than post-Soviet Ukrainian literature (that after the carnival of the 1990s and the disillusionment and commercialization of the 2000s eschews national propaganda, albeit with several significant exceptions), clings to the mission of nation-building, often relying on methods that compromise intellectual integrity. [...] one can wish that over the next two decades, Ukrainian literary scholarship will be freed from its role as a mirror of the Ukrainian revolution.
REVIEW ARTICLE NOTE CRITIQUE Taras Koznarsky Ukrainian Literary Scholarship in Ukraine Since Independence* Ukrainian literary scholarship since independence is a mirror of the Ukrainian revolution (to rephrase Lenin’s old dictum on Tolstoy), on a meandering and often tortured path in search of cultural identity, national dignity, and international stature. From independence to freedom, from freedom whereto? Literary scholarship, by virtue of its inherent connection to the literary creativity that took off since independence and its rootedness in conservative, ideologically charged, and partisan educational and cultural institutions, thus exposes both breakthroughs and pitfalls of the contemporary Ukrainian cultural field in an age of post-Soviet euphoria and disillusionment. The voluminous scholarly output of the last two decades boasts numerous innovative interpretative and syntheti
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