THE QUESTION OF FLESH IN MODERN UKRAINIAN WOMEN'S PROSE (OKSANA ZABUZHKO: 'POL'OVI DOSLIDZHENNYA Z UKRAINSKOHO SEKSU' AND NATALKA SNIADANKO: 'KOLEKTSIYA PRISTRASTEI, ABO PRIHODI MOLODOI UKRAINKI' (Problem cielesnosci we wspolczesnej ukrainskiej prozi
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The article considers two novels of Ukrainian authors who are women. Modern Ukrainian authors touch upon a question of flesh. They find new ways of presentation of the women's internal and sexual experience: a story is reported from inside of a women's body. This perspective allows Oksana Zabuzhko in her novel 'Pol'ovi doslidzhenniya z ukrainskoho seksu' (Field Work In Ukrainian Sex) to tell not only about sexual experience of a Ukrainian woman, but also to show some mental consequences of political situation in Ukraine in 20th century. Ukraine was one of the republics in Soviet Union; it was governed from Moscow and in fact was one of Russian colonies. Russian language, literature and culture dominated in the whole Soviet empire. For independent views people were imprisoned or deported far from Ukraine. It caused colonial complex in Ukraine. Oksana Zabuzhko shows that in the ill situation Ukrainian people were disabled to build healthy relationships of any kind, also sexual relationships. The second authoress is Natalka Sniadanko. She is 13 years younger than Oksana Zabuzhko. When in 1991 Ukraine became an independent country, she was only 18 years old. The main character of her novel 'Kolektsiya pristrastei, abo prihodi molodoi Ukrainki' (Collection of Passions or the Adventures of an Ukrainian Girl), is a free woman from a free country. She doesn't want to stay in unhealthy relationships. These differences between the two stories reflect social changes in Ukraine in the last 20 years.
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