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Encounters with Polish Literature 22: Narcyza Żmichowska with Ursula Phillips | Discussion

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Polish Cultural Institute New York


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Dear friends and colleagues, 

Ursula Phillips is back to discuss one of the foremothers of Polish feminism, Narcyza Żmichowska (1819-76), on the latest episode of "Encounters with Polish Literature." We focus on her novel, The Heathen considering Żmichowska's ideas about art and representation, the novel’s play on Plato’s Symposium, love, gender, and we look at a not unlikely lesbian subtext.

Many thanks to everyone at ASEEES in Chicago who told me how much they are enjoying the series and finding episodes useful to recommend or assign to their students. It was great to reconnect with colleagues I haven’t met in years, because they had seen the program, and to make some new friends from Poland, Ukraine, and beyond who are following along.

Go to the introductory page for an excellent English language bibliography provided by our guest:

Or go directly to the video at:

Best regards,


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David A. Goldfarb
Pol-Int team

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