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Written and performed during a time of political upheaval and fierce religious polemics, early modern Ukrainian plays both entertained their audiences and helped to educate and shape a national and religious identity. This rich body of serious, mostly religious, dramas and of comic intermedia was remarkable for the original ways it elaborated on and transformed the models of the European Renaissance and Baroque theater. Paulina Lewin’s Ukrainian Drama and Theater in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries is the first English-language general history of that subject.

Relying on her thorough knowledge of the primary sources and cultural legacies of early modern Ukraine, Russia, and Poland, Lewin analyzes how drama and theater functioned in Ukrainian society in the 17th and 18th centuries. Having thoroughly studied the extant dramatic texts and handbooks of rhetoric and poetics, she elucidates the deeper structures of meaning in the dramas and reconstructs the techniques and atmosphere of their contemporary performances.

About The Author

Paulina Lewin

Paulina Lewin is a leading authority on Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian literature and theater of the Baroque period. She is a former senior lecturer at Warsaw University, a research associate of the Institute for Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and an associate professor at the

Reviews

  1. Patrice M. Dabrowski's review in The Polish Review, Vol. 58, No. 4, 2014, pp. 120-22
  2. Seth Baumrin's review in the Theatre Journal, Vol. 62, No. 3 (October 2010), pp. 481-82
  3. Peter A. Rolland's review in the Canadian Slavonic papers, Vol. LII, Nos. 1-2 (2010), pp. 202-204
  4. Christine Watson's review in the Slavic and East European Journal, Vol. 55, No. 2 (Summer 2011), pp. 318-19
  5. David Frick's review in Harvard Ukrainian Studies, Vol. 29, Nos. 1-4 (2007), pp. 477-80
  6. Marina Swoboda's review in the Russian Review, Vol. 68, No. 4 (October 2009), p. 695

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