Gender Reading of Romanticist Shevchenko

Yuliia Honchar, PhD
Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy (Ukraine)
ORCID: 0000-0001-7947-7239

Volume 3/2016

Publication type: research article

DOI: 10.32612/uw.23535644.2016.pp.135-144

Pages: 135-144

Publication language: Ukrainian


The article analyses the relationship between Shevchenko’s creation with socio-cultural factors and socio-political trends of the era of the Romantic national revival. It describes the feminine and masculine tendencies of Ukrainian culture of the first half of the 19th century, and analyses the influence these tendencies had on the formation of a gender picture of the poet’s artistic world. It has been established that the Ukrainian Romanticism created the preconditions for the harmonisation of masculine and feminine in the Ukrainian context. In Shevchenko’s creation the concepts of masculine and feminine harmonise as the basis of national identity. The article ends with the conclusion that Shevchenko created a highly humane idea of gender balance by taking the experience of Ukrainian ethnic and cultural context of the European romantic tradition.

Key words: Shevchenko, Romanticism, gender, femininity, masculinity