Image and Status of the Woman in the Baroque Literature

Oleksandra Trofymuk, PhD
Lviv National Stepan Gzhytsky University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnology (Ukraine)
Myroslav Trofymuk, PhD, DSc, ProfTit
Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine)

Volume 2/2015

Publication type: research article

Pages: 71-90

Publication language: Ukrainian


In the epic tradition of 16th–18th centuries description of women’s participation in public life has both positive and negative dimensions. On the one hand, women are the reflection of men’s positive topos activity – home, and even conversional – when they convert to a man’s religion – and, on the other – negative: the role of women in the process of ‘moral corruption’, ‘rampant disbelief’ and so on. The article deals with the literary heritage of Pylyp Orlyk discussing the positive role of women in the works of the Baroque epoch. The authors expand the scope of classical knightly ethos, depicting a woman as equal to ‘a noble man’ creature, personality.

Key words: Hipomenes Sarmacki, baroque