First World War: Exhibition Program

Territory of Pain
24 September 2015


On September 24, 2015, at 6.30 pm a lecture "The First World War, Galicia, and Ukrainian Literature" was held at the Center for Urban History as part of the exhibition program. Author and researcher of literature Tymofiy Havryliv spoke about how famous Ukrainian writers in Galicia – Vasyl Stefanyk, Osyp Turiansky, and Marko Cheremshyna – described the tragic events of their time.

The works on the First World War by Ukrainian writers in Galicia are written in a spirit close to the tradition of lamentation, crying, and complaints, and poetics takes up as well as partly develops in an innovative way the potential of folklore. War destroys patriarchal life without bringing modernization; politically radicalizes its members, which is particularly eloquently described in "Beyond the Limits of Pain" by Osyp Turyansky; changes writing, in which begins to dominate "ragged speech," when the narrative undergoes numerous conceptual gaps that reflect the nature of the war. In the works about war is activated the inherent for Ukrainian literature use of vocabulary of death, and there is a rapid increase in the frequency of corresponding lexemes and figurative lines. "The Great War" was a foreign celebration for Ukrainians. The only positive aspect of the war was the meeting, recognition, and unity of Ukrainians in Galicia and Russian-ruled Ukraine.