7.10.2015 Books

Melancholic Migrating Bodies in Contemporary Polish Women’s Writing

New book by Urszula Chowaniec

Reading contemporary women’s writing as melancholy texts highlights their often under-explored neuralgic nature and emancipatory value. These ‘strangers in their own lands,’ as most recent Polish women writers and their work were described, are the subject of detailed analysis in this book, and are also positioned as the mirrors in which those lands are reflected. From this perspective, the melancholic strands in women’s writing are drawn together to provide a diagnosis of the current situation in Poland, taking into account unwanted discourses, unwelcomed subjects and unresolved problems.

Melancholic Migrating Bodies offers the first systematic overview of Poland’s literary and cultural environment after 1989 from the perspective of women’s writing. It critically surveys the various political and social transformations of this period through a close reading of the foremost Polish female novelists. In this original way, the book adopts a fresh perspective on some of the country’s key questions, such as Catholicism, nationalism, the patriotic ethos, history, romantic mythology and the problem of memory.

Urszula Chowaniec’s newest monograph is the first book-length English-language study entirely devoted to contemporary Polish women’s writing.
— Professor Kris Van Heuckelom KU Leuven, Belgium

Drawing on previous ideas in feminist writing on melancholy in relation to gender, Urszula Chowaniec offers a bold new interpretation of Polish contemporary women’s fiction after 1989
–Dr Renata Ingbrant, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dr Urszula Chowaniec is Assistant Professor at Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland, and is also a Senior Teaching Fellow in Polish Language and Culture at University College London. Her main areas of research are contemporary literature and culture, comparative studies in women’s writing, gender in contemporary culture and translation studies. She has edited and contributed to a number of volumes, including Masquerade and Femininity: Essays on Polish and Russian Women Writers (2008), Mapping Experience in Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (2010), and Women’s Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory (2012).

Melancholic Migrating Bodies in Contemporary Polish Women’s Writing
By Urszula Chowaniec
Published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publishing date: 7 October 2015
ISBN: 978-1443880978
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