Where Currents Meet

Frontiers in Post-Soviet Fiction of Kharkiv, Ukraine
ISBN: 
978-963-386-119-6
cloth
$50.00 / €44.00 / £34.00
Publication date: 
2016
226 pages

This study of cultural memory in post-Soviet society shows how the inhabitants in Ukraine’s east negotiate the historical legacy they have inherited. Zaharchenko approaches contemporary Ukrainian literature at the intersection of memory studies and border studies, and her analysis adds a new voice to an ongoing exploration of cultural and historical discourses in Ukraine.

The scholarly journey through storylines explores the ways in which younger writers in Kharkiv (Kharkov in Russian), a diverse, dynamic, but under-studied border city in east Ukraine today, come to grips with a traumatized post-Soviet cultural landscape. Zaharchenko’s book examines the works of Serhiy Zhadan, Andreĭ Krasniashchikh, Yuri Tsaplin, Oleh Kotsarev and others, introducing them as a “doubletake” generation who came of age during the Soviet Union’s collapse and as adults, revisit this experience in their novels. Filling the space between society and the state, local literary texts have turned into forms of historical memory and agents of political life.

NOTES ON FORMAT
FOREWORD 

INTRODUCTION
KHARKIV’S DOUBLETAKE GENERATION AND THE SHIMMER OF FRONTIERS 
TIME AND SPACE
MEMORY AND LITERATURE
THE SHIMMER OF FRONTIERS 
WHERE CURRENTS MEET 
CHAPTER ONE
FRONTIERS OF IDENTITY 
FLUID IDENTITIES 
NARRATIVES AT WAR 
SLOBODA: ROOTS OF FLUIDITY 
CHAPTER TWO
FRONTIERS OF EMPTINESS 
THE LAST BARRICADE 
A STORY IN OLD DRAWINGS 
OF MONSTERS AND MEN 
MEMORY AND EMPTINESS 
THE NONMISSING VARIABLE 
CHAPTER THREE
FRONTIERS OF LIFE (AND DEATH)
THE CHARON HYPOTHESIS
THE MOURNING WRITER 
CHAPTER FOUR
FRONTIERS OF TRAUMA 
EXPRESSING THE UNSPEAKABLE 
SURVIVING THE UNSPEAKABLE 
TRAVERSING THE UNSPEAKABLE 
WRITING ABOUT THE UNSPEAKABLE 

CHAPTER FIVE
FRONTIERS OF (IN)SANITY 
MONOLOGUES OF MADNESS 
DEATH, MOVEMENT, PLACE

CONCLUSION 

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

INDEX

"Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv is a historical home of modern Ukrainian culture, but its vibrant bilingual literature has been persistently overlooked as a subject of study, often in Ukraine itself. In this refreshingly creative and incredibly timely book, which combines insights from both memory studies and border studies, Tanya Zaharchenko decisively moves 'shimmering' Kharkiv from the margins to its rightful place at the center of our attention. A required read for anyone seeking to understand the remarkable cultural and linguistic diversity of today’s Ukraine."

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