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L’expérience de la limite et la manifestation du sens: un voyage mythologique du sens dans Cassandre de Lessia Oukraїnka

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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limit   boundary situation   meaning formation   meaning transformation   myth   literary interpretation of myth


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


The article explores the limit phenomenon in terms of its participation in the process of the formation andtransformation of meanings. The functioning of the concept is considered on the basis of the dramatic poemCassandra by Lesya Ukrainka. Since the work is based on myth and itself imitates the structure of a myth, thusrevealing a noticeable feature of European culture at the turn of the 19th–20th centuries regarding the fundamentaldevelopments of mytho-critical schools, the border phenomenon is illuminated through the prism of two aspects– content and form. The first aspect focuses on existential meanings; it is about the formation or transformationof meanings at the moment a person reaches his limit or the limit of the world (first of all, a meeting with fate ordeath). The second aspect concerns the phenomenon of myth and the manifestation-formation of new meaningsat the moment of interaction between the myth matrix and its literary interpretation. The focus of the analysison the threshold phenomena of Cassandra demonstrates the playwright’s skill in working with the ancient myth.Lesya Ukrainka preserves the outline of the myth and the literary image of the Trojan prophetess, but also inscribesnew meanings that are relevant to her time, thus universalizing them, and revives myth itself as a universal form ofpreserving and transporting meanings

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław