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date: 26 June 2022

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This article has been commissioned as part of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music Revival edited by Caroline Bithell and Juniper Hill. Taking Ivana Kupala (St. John's Eve/Midsummer's Eve) revivals in Ukraine as a case study, this essay analyzes how female identities are ascribed a variety of actions deemed appropriate in revival contexts and how certain spaces and actions may be deemed to be gender-specific. It further examines the ways gender discourse revival contexts influences gender ideologies in nonrevival settings. Ivana Kupala celebrations are situated as spaces where people are invited to explore their heritage via language, music, dance, and costumes, while experiencing a context in which female fertility and the nuclear family play a central role. The essay questions how, through the incorporation of revived female vocal genres and the bilyi holos (white voice) singing style, Ivana Kupala celebrations influence contemporary understandings of the feminine in post-Soviet society. It also analyzes how relationships with gendered deities in spirituality-based revivals influence understandings of gender identity among revival participants.

Keywords: Ukraine, post-Soviet, revival, Ivana Kupala, Midsummer’s Eve, femininity, fertility, bilyi holos, white voice

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