Book Talk. Ukraine's Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991–2011 by Maria Rewakowicz

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room, 1219 International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027

Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a presentation by Maria Rewakowicz of her book Ukraine's Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991–2011 (Lexington Books, 2017).

Cultural hybridity, identity negotiation, and contested language politics, are all hallmarks of transitional experiences affecting postcolonial societies. Examining major works of literature produced in Ukraine during the first two decades after independence, this pioneering study situates the post-independence literary process within a grid of specific contexts, focusing especially on how regionalism, gender and language issues, as well as social marginalization and popular culture, are reflected in literary works following the collapse of the Soviet empire.

Maria G. Rewakowicz, PhD (University of Toronto) teaches Ukrainian literature at Rutgers University--New Brunswick and is also affiliated with the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington. She is the author of Literature, Exile, Alterity: The New York Group of Ukrainian Poets (2014) and co-editor of Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe (2009). She also authored a book of essays Persona non grata (2012) and compiled two anthologies of the New York Group poetry, all three published in Ukraine.