Book Presentation: The Intellectual As Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction by Dr. Mark Andryczyk

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

Please join the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Dr. Mark Andryczyk of his recently published monograph The Intellectual As Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

The 1990s were a period of tremendous artistic vigour, experimentation, and liberation for Ukrainian culture. The artists who emerged at this time unleashed a tidal wave of creativity that deliberately and aggressively reshaped inherited models. In this first English monograph on contemporary Ukrainian literature, Mark Andryczyk provides an in-depth analysis of the cultural explosion that engulfed Ukraine in its first decade of independence.

The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction weaves a fascinating narrative full of colourful characters by examining the prose of today's leading writers. Andryczyk delves into the role of the intellectual in forging a post-Soviet Ukrainian identity, and follows these protagonists as they soar and stumble in pursuit of redefining their creative realm. In addition to introducing readers to vibrant literary gems, this book explores the artistic tendencies that determined the course of the Ukrainian cultural scene in the 1990s, and continue to shape it today.

Mark Andryczyk is an associate research scholar at the Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies at Columbia University and a visiting fellow in Ukrainian Literature in its Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.