The Theme of Death in Ukrainian Literature for Children: Artistic Peculiarities (Based on Halyna Kyrpa’s Story ‚My Dad Has Become a Star’)

dr Tetiana Kachak
Podkarpacki Uniwersytet Narodowy im. Wasyla Stefanyka w Iwano Frankiwsku (Ukraina)
ORCID: 0000-0002-6863-1736

Tom 5/2018

Typ publikacji: oryginalny artykuł naukowy

DOI: 10.32612/uw.23535644.2018.pp.161-174

Strony: 161-174

Język artykułu: angielski


In the article the artistic peculiarities of the unfolding of the theme of death in the literature for children and youth have been analyzed on the basis of Halyna Kyrpa’s (Галина Кирпа) story My Dad Has Become a Star (Мій тато став зіркою). The author’s interpretation of Thanatos motifs has been paid much attention to. The system-creating components of the poetics of the story (thematic and problematic accents, pathos, genre, the system of characters, psychological nature, chronotope, narration and language) have been explored. The writer adheres to the principle that is characteristic for children’s prose, in which most often the death of a person (character) is interpreted as a transition from the earth’s life (image) to another space (image). The analyzed story reflects the specifics of literature for children: the coverage of the topic from the point of view of the child, dynamic plot of the story, high level of visualization of the text, the use of metaphors and symbols, the image of the inner world of the young hero and her reflections; life-affirmation, an optimistic guideline for goodness and vitality pathos, understandable language, stylistic expressiveness. The author defined functional aspects and features of receptive perception by young readers of the text, which presented the complex, „adult” themes.

Słowa kluczowe: the theme of death, literature for children and youth, pathos, metaphorical language