• O. Shaf Oles Honchar Dnipro National University
Keywords: the last 1920s Ukrainian novels, experience, fatal love, rationalism, illness, anthropological literary study, masculine art consciousness strategies


Background. The last 1920s Ukrainian prose deals with the problem of fatal love, which unhinges hero’s life, therefore exacerbates psychological and etic resistance compared to philosophic discussions of love and its position in «new» proletarian society. In the last 1920s novels reception of traumatic love experience is conditioned by social and historical issues as well as gender and psychological one’s. Purpose. The article seeks to study art representation of traumatic fatal love experience according with masculine «metaphoric code» of revolutionary struggle in the last 1920s Ukrainian prose. Methods. The article employs techniques of psycho-poetics, gender psychology, and hermeneutics as well as basic literary analysis techniques. Results. The traumatic love experience as «metaphoric code» of personal and generation experience conforms to etic, social, emancipate transformation in post-revolutionary era in the novels «Labour Force» by M. Ivchenko, «Malaise» by Ye. Pluzhnyk, «A Little Touch of Drama», «Untitled Novel» by V. Pidmohylnyi. Proletarian ideology extruded from individual life «bourgeois», «philistine», «decadent» love, and preferred on the contrary exaggerated rationalism, collectivity and eventually reinforced psychical tension («self-fighting») as well as psychogenic reactions (affectation, hysteria, psychical and somatic illness), depicted in the intellectual prose. Revolution and war experience strengthened masculine mode of lovelorn hero’s behavior as fight for love, fight against love, love as «revolution» in private life. Masculine mode of fatal love art reception is expressed through hero’s fear of obsession, that can crush his life, his attempts to avoid, to overcome passion like “a malaise”, as well as objectification / idealization of women, rationalizing of marriage and intimacy. Male authors often extrapolate masculine strategies on heroine’s behavior, but rarely try to reproduce feminine alternative of art reception of love (love is appreciated as life sense, and emotional communication), relegated however from the pragmatic world. Discussion. Anthropological research on the problem of fatal love apostrophizing in the last 1920s Ukrainian novels reveals significant increase of masculine literary elements influenced by personal and generation fighting experience as well as gender cultural mode. Psycho-poetic technique of learninig «mental health» of the XX century person grappling with their intimate and civilian challenges emphasis on the mental complications of (Ukrainian / Soviet) people depicted in the intellectual prose.


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Shaf, O. (2021). «LOVE IS EVIL»: TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE OF LOVE IN UKRAINIAN PROSE THE LAST 1920S. Journal “Ukrainian sense”, 1(1), 59-77. https://doi.org/10.15421/462105