Joanna Kot (2016)

Complicating the Female Subject: Gender, National Myths, and Genre in Polish Women's Inter-War Drama

Publishing house Academic Studies Press
Place of publication Boston
Page references 288
Series Polish Studies
Language English

ISBN: 978-1618115423

Seven inter-war plays by Polish women writers created a flurry of excitement and condemnation when they appeared, yet today they are almost forgotten. This groundbreaking study interrogates the feminism of these plays and their authors, who dared to question national myths, subvert genre expectations, and reinterpret definitions of subjectivity, anticipating the work of numerous women playwrights in post-1989 Poland. Synthesizing a variety of theoretical perspectives, the author produces a nuanced reading of each work and of the group as a whole. Both texts and the innovative synthetic approach will interest scholars of Polish literature, of drama, and of gender studies.

Table of Contents

1. Women and Drama in Other Western Modernisms
2. Inter-War Poland
3. Who Were They? A Short Biographical Introduction
4. What Are They? Plot Summaries of the Plays
5. Theorizing the Subject: Seeing Through an Essentialist Lens
6. Theorizing the Subject: Possibilities of Change
7. The Subject Vis-à- Vis Cultural Myths
8. Dramatic Fissures
9. Inter-War Critical Reception

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