WHITE REGIMENT BY MIKHAIL BULGAKOV: ANTI-UKRAINIAN RHETORICAL STRATEGY
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The present article was inspired by Eve M. Thompson's 'Imperial Knowledge: Russian Literature and Colonialism' (London 2000) and can be registered in the context of postcolonial studies. In the article, the analysis is focused on 'The White Regiment' (1925), a novel by a Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. The present author proves that, in the course of narration, Bulgakov highlights a typically Russian point of view when describing the events that took place in Kiev at the turn of 1918. In those days Kiev was the capital of the Ukrainian State, the Ukrainian People's Republic, being in the very process of its formation. Bulgakov disparages the idea of Ukraine's independence and discredits not only the language and history of Ukraine but also the mentality of its people and qualities of its national leaders. He does it on purpose to enhance the views of the Russian heroes of the novel, an educated family of the Turbins and their friends, in line with colonial interests of the Russian Empire - common good of all Russian people - irrespective of the form of the system, whether a monarchy or a communist republic.
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