Author(s): Ruslana Sluhenska, Lidiya Vylka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Ukrainian Literature
Published by: Видавництво ВДНЗ України « Буковинський державний медичний університет »
Keywords: Vira Vovk’s works; artistic synthesis; short stories; metaphor; idiostyle; poetical syntax;

Summary/Abstract: Vira Selianska, pen name Vira Vovk – Ukrainian writer, critic and translator living in Brazil. She writes in Ukrainian, German and Portuguese. Since 1959 Vovk has been associated with the New York Group of ukrainian poets. Vovk writes in three genres: poetry, prose, and drama. The most voluminous is her poetic output. The interest in mysticism and myth carries over into her less-voluminous prose, which consists of the collections Legendy (Legends, 1954), Kazky (Fairy Tales, 1956), Dukhy i dervishi (Spirits and Dervishes, 1956), the novel Vitrazhi (Stained-Glass Windows, 1961), Stari panianky (Old Maids, 1993), and the book of collected prose Proza (Prose, 2001). Of special interest are her bilingual prose works, such as Sviatyi hai (The Holy Grove, 1983) and Karnaval (Carnival, 1986). Many of her publications, from the 1970s on, are exquisite esthetic productions with hand-inserted illustrations by Ukrainian artists (Zoia Lisovska, Mykhailo Dzyndra, Jurij Solovij, and others) or Vovk's own paper cutouts. Important for the author is a religious perception of the world and art. Works of the author are filled with biblical imagery and symbols. But there is also a pantheistic motives as a writer loves nature and she often makes alive natural phenomena. The basis of Vira Vovk’s texts and her life philosophy are the love to all sublunary and sacrifice at the same time. The article deals with Vira Vovk’s the short stories analyzed in the perspective of synthesis of arts. It was shown that the correlation between formal and content components (the connecting idea of beauty of nature and human soul, motifs of synthesis of arts, intertextual elements). The leading authorship of the author is art, nature, history, religion. The works and characters of art, which have a direct relation to art, are as real for it as natural phenomena, as historical figures, as ordinary things that exist in everyday life. The perception of life, history, everything around, as art is the true vocation of the author. The writer is an eternal pilgrim, a traveler through the centuries, country, culture, and because of this the author has intense architectural impressions from the country, the city, not separated from the image of people who inhabit them. Therefore, we can conclude that the prose works of Vera Vovk are versatile and organically complement her poetic works.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 132-135
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Ukrainian