Russia's Denial of Ukraine: Letters and Contested Memory (Hardcover)

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Russia's Denial of Ukraine: Letters and Contested Memory (Hardcover)

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In 2022, Russia heightened its initial 2014 assault and launched its imperialist full-scale war against Ukraine. The Kremlin continued to perpetrate its denial of Ukrainians as a nation distinct from the Russians. Russia's Denial of Ukraine: Letters and Contested Memory explores the gradual and long-lasting integration of contested memory in the cultural memory of Ukraine. It emphasizes how narratives, which formed the contested memory in the nineteenth century, appeared to come to the fore with the onset of the Russo-Ukrainian War. At the same time, it offers the theoretical premise for exploring contested memory, social forgetting, and remembering. The ambivalent nature of contested memory manifests in weakening national aspirations and strengthening resilience and resistance against violence. Contested memory nuances the discussion of undermining a metropolitan center and dismantling oppression. Letters reveal public discourses shaped by cultural and political developments centering on the Ukrainians' endeavors to remember themselves as a nation distinct from the Russians. Epistolary expressions by Mykola Hohol, Taras Shevchenko, Lesia Ukrainka, Ivan Franko, and Volodymyr Vynnychenko illustrate the circulation of contested memory sponsored and supported in many ways by Russia. Writers comment on their Ukrainianness and situate themselves in Ukraine's entangled past in which empires clash and fall apart.

Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed teaches Ukrainian at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781666941814
ISBN-10: 1666941816
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2024
Pages: 302
Language: English