Year XVII, Issue 7-8 (189-190)

Year XVII, Issue 7-8 (189-190)UA Читати українською

August 2013
Tatiana Zhurzhenko. Yulia Tymoshenko’s two bodies
Yuri Matsievskyj. Ukraine after Vilnius: How the Regime Will Survive
Vsevolod Rechytsky. A Constitution for Dreamland
Mykola Borovyk. A Revolutionary Myth and a New Frame for the History of Ukraine
Yaroslav Hrytsak, Vadym Dyvnych. For Mykola Riabchuk and His Absent Festschrift
Mykola Riabchuk.Reinventing Little Russia
Peter Pomerantsev. Cracks in the Kremlin Matrix
Yulia Iemets-Dobronosova. The Humanities: Outposts and Bridges
James Gleick. Time Regained!
Dmytro Shevchuk. The Art of Being Inconsistent
Maksym Strikha. In Memoriam: Ihor Kachurovsky
Volodymyr Yermolenko. The Pure Pleasure of Giacomo Casanova

Summary

The July-August, 2013 issue of Krytyka opens with an article “Yulia Tymoshenko’s two bodies” by Tatiana Zhurzhenko of Vienna University who explores the political phenomenon of Yulia Tymoshenko and focuses on the symbolic role the body, once glamorous, and then abused, plays in her political representation.

In his article “Ukraine after Vilnius: How the Regime Will Survive” Yuri Matsievskyj, a Ukrainian political analyst, attempts to forecast politics and the power balance in Ukraine in the event the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union will not be signed in November 2013. 

Vsevolod Rechytsky, an expert for the Constitutional Assembly of Ukraine, revises the recently issued “Conception of Changes to the Ukrainian Constitution.” In his article “A Constitution for Dreamland” he provides an extensive overview of the approaches behind the text of the Conception, many of which challenge various expectations as to the Constitution, and to Ukrainian paternalism in general. 

The Ukrainian historian Mykola Borovyk also articulates a challenge: in his “A Revolutionary Myth and a New Frame for the History of Ukraine” he deconstructs the usual periodization of the history of the 20th century as incompatible with the real changes that occurred in the lives of Ukrainian people.

In his essay “For Mykola Riabchuk and His Absent Festschrift” the Ukrainian historian Yaroslav Hrytsak reflects on Mykola Riabchuk, a Ukrainian critic and columnist, the first executive editor of Krytyka. Riabchuk and Hrytsak have been battling for many years over their differing vision of contemporary Ukraine, and Hrytsak acknowledges here a strong intellectual opponent. In this same vein, Krytyka editor Vadym Dyvnych also shares his personal story of working with Mykola Riabchuk and of reading, editing, and pondering his texts.

In turn, Mykola Riabchuk in his “Reinventing Little Russia” reviews Making Ukraine: Studies on Political Culture, Historical Narrative, and Identity, a book by Canadian historian Zenon Kohut. In particular he traces how the ambiguous “corporate project” of Kyiv clerics, i. e., the concept of Ukrainian-Russian unity, is transformed over time into a powerful imperial myth (which is also the focus of Riabchuk’s own writings).

British journalist, author, and TV-producer Peter Pomerantsev looks back at his years in Russia when he was close to the inner circle of the world of media – both its pro-regime, and quasi-opposition camps. In his essay “Cracks in the Kremlin Matrix” he examines the cynicism, of both the Russians, and the Westerners, that drives careers in this wicked spectacle.

In her “The Humanities: Outposts and Bridges” Yulia Iemets-Dobronosova, a poet and a philosopher, focuses on the dialog between the humanities and the natural sciences and the discourses at their interface, and gives an overview of various books on this topic recently published in Ukrainian and Russian.

In “Time Regained!” James Gleick, a journalist and biographer, reviews Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin. The article first appeared in The New York Review of Books (vol. 60, No. 10) and Krytyka presents it in Ukrainian translation as the exclusive partner of the NYRB in Ukraine.

Dmytro Shevchuk of the Ostroh Academy reflects on the Polish philosopher Leszek Kołakowski and his legacy in his “The Art of Being Inconsistent” which is occasioned by the recent publication of Kołakowski’s essays in Ukrainian translation.

In his “In Memoriam: Ihor Kachurovsky,” Maksym Strikha, a translator and a physicist, shares his correspondence with Ihor Kachurovsky, Ukrainian poet and literary scholar, and émigré living in Germany and reveals the inner workings of his collaboration with the writer.

The issue concludes with an essay “The Pure Pleasure of Giacomo Casanova” by Volodymyr Yermolenko, a Ukrainian philosopher and essayist who looks at the gripping life story of Casanova, from the perspective of the symbolic role he came to play in the intellectual history of the 18th century and beyond.

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