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Start Archive Comparisons, n°5/2008 „Balfourian speech” and Anti-colonial Discourse in the Ukrainian Literature of the fin de siècle Period

„Balfourian speech” and Anti-colonial Discourse in the Ukrainian Literature of the fin de siècle Period

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The author embarks on a post-colonial analysis of short stories by two fin-de-siecle Ukrainian writers Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky and Mykhailo Hrushevskyi. He scrutinizes the content of utterances by characters in For the Benefit of All by Kotsiubynsky, and Bekh-al'-Dzhuhur by Hrushevskyi. These utterances are compared to a speech delivered by a former British Prime Minister James Balfour, who openly supported the colonial policy. In the abovementioned short stories the so-called "Balfourian speech" stands in a stark contrast to the narrated world, which turns makes them thoroughly anti-colonial.


ISSN: 1733-165X

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