The article devotes to the study of the features of the small prose of Panteleimon Kulish (1819–1897). Attention focuses on writer’shighlighting the mental specificity of Ukrainianity (the ratio of individual and collective, primary and acquired).of individual and mental in his unique vision of Ukrainian. The paper defines the formal and content components of works, in particular genolology (legend, story, idyll, memory-notes), themes and problems (historical projections, passeism, ambivalent author’s position), the figure of a narrator (witness or participant of events, remote observer, heir of transfers, chronicler, publicist), the specificity of the textual organization (presentation, intertext, language and speech, the image of characters, the meaning of epigraphs, the engagement of parames and song inserts, suggestibility); the role of figurative-expressive means (contrast, metaphor, parallelism, comparison, gradation, symbol, appeal, elliptic, and rhetorical constructs). The investigation claryfies the author’s idiostyle and outlook.
Keywords: small prose, psychology, gradation, suggestion, narrator, intertext.