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Shakespeare in the undiscovered bourn [electronic resource] : Les Kurbas, Ukrainian modernism, and early Soviet cultural politics /
Irena R. Makaryk.
imprint
Toronto Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2004.
description
xx, 257 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
080208849X (alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Toronto Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2004.
isbn
080208849X (alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
10526492
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Irena R. Makaryk is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
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Reference & Research Book News, August 2004
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Summaries
Description for Reader
Les Kurbas A? director, actor, playwright, filmmaker, and translator A? was the first artist to introduce Shakespeare to the Ukrainian stage. Creating the foundations of Soviet Ukrainian theatre and cinema, he was also responsible for its avant-garde direction. Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bournis the first book-length study in English of Kurbas's modernist productions of Shakespeare and the first book on Soviet Shakespeare productions in Ukraine in any language. Situating Shakespeare within the ideological and cultural debates and conflicts of the early Soviet period, Irena Makaryk traces the trajectory of Shakespeare's and Kurbas's fortunes while also investigating the challenges that modernism posed to early Soviet ideology. Ukraine's cultural history A? still an undiscovered bourn A? has frequently been submerged within a homogenized Soviet experience. The fall of the Soviet Union and the consequent opening up of many hitherto inaccessible archives has allowed a new probing of the master narratives created during that regime. Invoking contemporary debates about the cultural uses of Shakespeare (especially issues of canon, classic, and authority), Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bournexamines the complexities of the Soviet encounter with Shakespeare. It thus makes an important contribution to the studies of theatre, cross-culturalism, modernism, and postcolonialism.
Description for Reader
Les Kurbas ? director, actor, playwright, filmmaker, and translator ? was the first artist to introduce Shakespeare to the Ukrainian stage. Creating the foundations of Soviet Ukrainian theatre and cinema, he was also responsible for its avant-garde direction. Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn is the first book-length study in English of Kurbas's modernist productions of Shakespeare and the first book on Soviet Shakespeare productions in Ukraine in any language.Situating Shakespeare within the ideological and cultural debates and conflicts of the early Soviet period, Irena Makaryk traces the trajectory of Shakespeare's and Kurbas's fortunes while also investigating the challenges that modernism posed to early Soviet ideology.Ukraine's cultural history ? still an undiscovered bourn ? has frequently been submerged within a homogenized Soviet experience. The fall of the Soviet Union and the consequent opening up of many hitherto inaccessible archives has allowed a new probing of the master narratives created during that regime. Invoking contemporary debates about the cultural uses of Shakespeare (especially issues of canon, classic, and authority), Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn examines the complexities of the Soviet encounter with Shakespeare. It thus makes an important contribution to the studies of theatre, cross-culturalism, modernism, and postcolonialism.
Main Description
Les Kurbas - director, actor, playwright, filmmaker, and translator - was the first artist to introduce Shakespeare to the Ukrainian stage. Creating the foundations of Soviet Ukrainian theatre and cinema, he was also responsible for its avant-garde direction. Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn is the first book-length study in English of Kurbas's modernist productions of Shakespeare and the first book on Soviet Shakespeare productions in Ukraine in any language. Situating Shakespeare within the ideological and cultural debates and conflicts of the early Soviet period, Irena Makaryk traces the trajectory of Shakespeare's and Kurbas's fortunes while also investigating the challenges that modernism posed to early Soviet ideology. Ukraine's cultural history - still an undiscovered bourn - has frequently been submerged within a homogenized Soviet experience. The fall of the Soviet Union and the consequent opening up of many hitherto inaccessible archives has allowed a new probing of the master narratives created during that regime. Invoking contemporary debates about the cultural uses of Shakespeare (especially issues of canon, classic, and authority), Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn examines the complexities of the Soviet encounter with Shakespeare. It thus makes an important contribution to the studies of theatre, cross-culturalism, modernism, and postcolonialism.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Permissionsp. xvii
A Note on Transcription, Transliteration, and Archival Sourcesp. xix
Preludep. 3
Ex Nihilo: The Classics, Wars, and Revolutionsp. 9
Tilting at Da Vinci: Kurbas's 1924 Macbethp. 65
'Authentic' Shakespeare: Saksahansky's Othellop. 113
Toward Socialist Realism: Hnat Yura's A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 144
Coda: The 'Tractor of the Revolution' and 'Vanya Shakespeare'p. 177
Appendixp. 205
Notesp. 209
Works Citedp. 221
Indexp. 241
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