Baroque Sermons by Ioаniki Galytovsky

Oksana Savenko, PhD
Zhytomyr Ivan Franko State University (Ukraine)
ORCID: 0000-0002-0117-0103

Volume 6/2019

Publication type: research article

DOI: 10.32612/uw.23535644.2019.pp.147-158

Pages: 147-158

Publication language: Ukrainian


The article deals with some of the sermons of a Ukrainian writer, preacher, and cultural figure, Ioаnikii Galytovsky, as characteristic Baroque works. The sermon belongs to traditional genres of ancient Ukrainian literature with a set of predominantly medieval style topoi and stereotypes. However, in Galytovsky’s creative practice, the transformation of the genre under the influence of Baroque is noticeable. Belonging to this style has provided not only a change of narrative strategy but above all of stylistic means. Galytovsky creates distinctive allegories, symbols, comparisons, and antitheses which characterise his Baroque style. He resorted to characteristic Baroque amplifications and emblematic images. The writer was able to revive the old form of traditional sermon with the Baroque stylistic technique, as a result of which he managed to dramatise the gospel plots, thus being able to exert the expected impact on recipients with the help of a suggestion.

Key words: sermon, Baroque, allegory, symbol, antithesis, style, gospel plots


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