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Taras Shevchenko: The Great Ukrainian Romanticist

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

The ninth Institute seminar of the 1978-79 academic year took place on February 20. Dr. Oleh Zujewskyj, a professor in the Department of Slavic languages at the University of Alberta, read a seminar entitled, "Taras Shevchenko: The Great Ukrainian Romanticist."

The speaker emphasized that Shevchenko's membership in the romantic school (as well as the realist one) is frequently examined without a detailed and objective study of the author's worldview. For this reason critics of various persuasions all too easily dismissed the bard's romanticism and saw realism even in his early works, e.g., Velykyi liokh. This tendency began with Khvedir Vovk (T.H. Shevchenko: Ioho dumy pro hromadske zhyttia 1876) and continues through Oleksandr Biletsky (Ideino-khudozhnie znachennia poemy "Velykyi liokh": Tezy 1958).

According to Dr. O. Zujewskyj this error makes it impossible to see the interrelation between the poet's worldview and his writing style. A realist can never be a (philosophical) idealist just as positivism precludes only literary romanticism.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 2 (Spring 1979)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: February 20, 1979
Contributor: Oleh Zujewskyj
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette

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CIUS, “Taras Shevchenko: The Great Ukrainian Romanticist,” CIUS-Archives, accessed November 26, 2022, https://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1986.
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