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Start Archive Comparisons, n°4/2007 Ressentiment in the Postcolonial Perspective. The Ukrainian Case

Ressentiment in the Postcolonial Perspective. The Ukrainian Case

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The author uses the notion of ressentiment developed by F. Nietzsche, M. Scheler and A. Camus. She understands ressentiment as a psychosocial form of relations of the weaker with the stronger, the dominant with the enslaved, which describes the state (process) of liberation from the power of somebody else’s glance and a subjugating system of values. The author transfers the notion of ressentiment onto the contemporary Ukrainian (J. Andruchowycz) and Polish (A. Stasiuk) prose. She describes ressentiment as a crucial component of Ukrainian postcolonial awareness that manifests itself mainly in the prose. Anticolonial covetousness and postcolonial rebellion determine the amplitude of emotional manifestations of ressentiment. The above mentioned writers display an idealisation of Central Europe as a world rich in values that were not colonised, thus representing a chance for liberation from the demeaning influence of ressentiment.


ISSN: 1733-165X

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