The body is not important? Modernist experiments with a soma-sphere in the Oleksandr Oles’ drama Way to the fairy-tale (1908)
The contents of the article are regarded as an effort to answer the question outlined in the title about the importance of the somatic sphere in the drama of the Ukrainian modernism epoch writer — Oleksandr Oles (real name: Oleksandr Kandyba 1878–1944). In the Way to the fairy-tale (1908) the author avoids direct information on carnality. Following the prevailing epoch trend, the writer gives up the traditional ethnographic and realistic model of artistic creation. His reflexion about the soma-sphere is expressed by an ambiguous myth and symbol. The symbolism is one of the basic trends at the beginning of the 20th century and makes up an essential mean for Oles’ dramatic expression, the author is therefore more interested in the presentation of state of mind than in sensual body. The body appears to be important insofar as it is a soul’s expression and sign. Like the symbol, the body remains in the sensation and imagination sphere.