THE THEME OF THE BLIND MAN IN WORKS BY PANTELEIMON KULISHArchive, Volume 59 (2020)
M. M. Sulyma
, Dr Hab., Active Member, Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv
The paper deals with the character of the blind man in the Ukrainian literature. It appeared as early as in the 12th–13th centuries and was elaborated in works by T. Shevchenko, P. Kulish, D. Mordovets, Olha Kobylianska, Lesia Ukrainka, V. Korolenko, H. Vashchenko, Olena Pchilka, and M. Bazhan, not only as the image of a blind kobzar, but also by means of immersing into thoughts and experiences of a blind man as a patient of ophthalmic hospital wards or by describing relationships in communities of blind individuals coming together for the purpose of solicitation of donations or within reserved kobzar workshops with rigid admission rules and their specific language (jargon).
Keywords: blind man, man of God, kobzar, kobzar lifestyle, physical and spiritual blindness.
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