Keywords: city,, urbanism,, letter,, epistolary,, correspondence,, selfexpression,, historical epoch,, literary discourse,, dialogue.


The article for the first time comprehensively analyzed the image of the city in the epistolary heritage of Оlexander Dovzhenko. It is emphasized that the writer’s letters go beyond the relatively narrow limits of everyday informative communication, representing various modes of dialogue with other authors and texts. It is proved that along the descriptions of cities, in his letters appear descriptions of native nature filled with a lyrical stream. It is illustrated that historical events become part of the life of О. Dovzhenko. Proposed new interpretations of many private correspondence of the writer, which previously did not fall into the field of view of researchers.

The latest literary discourses (Yu. Marinenko, G. Semenyuk, M. Zhulynsky, R. Korogodskii, etc.) are marked by the search for new approaches to comprehending the creative phenomenon of O. Dovzhenko, approaches that are not burdened with tenderness and ideology. However, in view of the multidimensional and, to some extent, the contradictory reception of the artistic heritage of the master of the word, it seems appropriate to indicate the general in a certain sense, the tendency to study his work as a single and holistic process. In this sense, it is expedient to appeal to the epistolary heritage of O. Dovzhenko, because the letters themselves reveal in the pure form the true essence of man, in particular the creative person - the writer, the artist. They reveal his preference, his holiness, without concealing the shades, internal contradictions, much more fully and authenticly than other expressions of literary-journalistic statement.

Consequently, the analysis of the epistolary heritage of O. Dovzhenko testifies that the artist often refers to the description of cities in his writings. Therefore, the latter are evidence not only of the time in which the artist lived, but also of himself. Such correspondence gives an opportunity to get an objective impression about the writer’s world-view values, his artistic and aesthetic preference and creative personality.


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Author Biography

Halyna Mazokha, SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda State Pedagogical University»

Doctor of Phylological Sciences, Professor,
Head of the Chair of Ukrainian and Foreign Literature and Methods of
SHEI «Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyi Hryhorii Skovoroda
State Pedagogical University»

How to Cite
Mazokha, H. (2019). THE IMAGE OF CITY IN EPISTOLARY HERITAGE OF O. DOVZHENKO. Theoretical and Didactic Philology, (29), 47-56. Retrieved from