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Writing the Body

Writing the Body

The Passion and Freedom of Raisa Troianker

(p.111) Chapter 3 Writing the Body
The Anti-Imperial Choice
Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern
Yale University Press

This chapter examines the works and literary activities of Raisa Troianker, a Ukrainian poet of Jewish descent. It explains that Troianker placed herself between village poetry and the avant-garde, and describes how she crafted unparalleled Jewish and Ukrainian poetic images, also arguing that her later decision to switch to Russian indicated that the Soviet Union provided its subjects with ways to choose between various modes of self-identification.

Keywords:   Raisa Troianker, Ukrainian poet, village poetry, avant-garde, poetic images, Soviet Union, self-identification

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