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

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

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Joanna Kot

Series: Polish Studies
ISBN: 9781618115423 (hardcover)
Pages: approx. 400 pp.
Publication Date: December 2016

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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.


Associate professor of Polish and Russian at Northern Illinois University, Joanna Kot has written extensively on Polish and Russian modernist drama, including the monograph Distance Manipulation: The Russian Modernist Search for a New Drama. Her recent work focuses on 1930s Polish women playwrights as important predecessors to contemporary feminist drama.


Table of Contents

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