26.03.2012

Markian Shashkevych and Ukrainian national revival in nineteenth century Galicia


We are pleased to invite you to a talk entitled Markian Shashkevych and Ukrainian national revival in Galicia in the 1st half of the nineteenth century, on Monday, March 26th at 7.00PM at the Ukrainian Institute in London.? The talk?will be presented by Dr. Oleh Dukh, assistant head of History Department at the Lviv National University and a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University. Dr. Dukh wrote his PhD on Women's Monasteries in Lviv and Przemysl diocese in XVII-XVIII centuries. November 2011 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Markian Shashkevych. M. Shashkevych (1811-1843) is a celebrated literary and cultural figure in the West Ukrainian region. He was a contemporary of A. Pushkin, T. Shevchenko, M. Lermontov, and A. Mickiewicz. Shashkevich lived and worked in conditions when Western Ukraine, as a part of Austrian Empire, became a remote province. The acuities of Markian Shashkevych and his comrades-in arms of the "Ruska Triytsa" democratic group were opposed to the monarchic regime and its policy towards the Ukrainian people. Markian Shashkevych was born in the village of Pidlissia, Zolochiv area, Lviv region. Here, in the country estate of his grandfather, R. Ardykovsky, a village clergyman, the poet spent the happy years of his brief and care free childhood. After receiving a gymnasium graduation certificate Markian entered the Lviv Theological Seminary, graduated from it, completed a philosophy course at the university, followed by plenty of self education. During the years of his studies he created most of his literary works. Shashkevysh was sent to serve as a priest in remote and wrecked villages. There he lived in poverty, ailing seriously. In the sad letters to his friends in Lviv he said that he was reading and writing a great deal, though his ailment was progressing, he was growing blind and deaf. Death befell him at the age of 32. He is buried in Lviv and at the Lychakiv Cemetry. Markian Shashkevych is the author of the literary anthology "Rusalka Dnistrova", the first book edited in popular Ukrainian (1837), a prominent cultural and public figure, and the initiator of the new Ukrainian literature in Western Ukraine. His short life was entirely given up to the service of his native people. All welcome. Free Admission. The talk will be held in Ukrainian




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