Political Dominants in Literary Interpretations of the Don Juan and Don Quixote Phenomena: The Case of Ukraine

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a talk by Daria Mishchenko on the development of Ukraine's national narratives.
This talk examines the motifs of Don Quixote and Don Juan as symbolic stimuli that inspired the development of national narratives, created over many years, in non-Spanish cultural spaces, especially – in the Ukrainian one.   Much attention will be paid to patterns in which Spanish realia are used as a foundation for a metaphorical rethinking of the political, ethical, and cultural existence of Ukraine, as they are pictured in the writings of Lina Kostenko.  Symbols such as, among others, the Holy inquisition, colonization, corrida and knight’s culture will be examined through the specifics of the Ukrainian mentality and culture, which are core phenomena in the socio-political life of Ukrainian society in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Daria Mishchenko has a Ph.D. in Ukrainian literature from the Institute of Philology, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (2014). She is Lecturer in Spanish at its Institute of International Relations.
This event is free and open to the public.