Europe or Asia? Toward the idea of Ukrainian Occidentalism of the 1940s: a Postcolonial Perspective

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The situation of the European spiritual crisis after the Second World War set the special conditions for drawing Ukrainian occidental theory that was born in the circle of Ukrainian scholars united around the Ukrainian Free University and in the intellectual circles of the displaced persons camps of the 1940-50ies. While reflecting on the crisis of European identity Ukrainian intellectuals discusses Occidentalism as a decolonizing discourse to introduce a special mission of Ukraine to Western audience, to contextualize the idea of westernization of the 1920ies and to offer an alternative perspective of a universal European history.

Tamara Hundorova (Ph.D. in Philology) is a corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, professor and chair of the Department of Literature and Comparative Studies in the Shevchenko Institute of Literature (NAS of Ukraine), the Executive Director of the Institute of Criticism, professor and dean of the Ukrainian Free University (Munich), and an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. She has published extensively on Ukrainian literature, modernism, postmodernism, postcolonial criticism, kitsch, feminism and Chornobyl.


Olga Kesarchuk


Tamara Hundorova
Petro Jacyk Visiting Professor; professor and chair of the Department of Literature and Comparative Studies in the Shevchenko Institute of Literature

Taras Koznarsky
Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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