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- About the author
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- Chapter One Mount of Remembrance
- The Predicament of Postmemory
- Educational Practices vis-à-vis the Holocaust
- The Polish School of Memory
- The Ethical Challenge of Reading about the Holocaust at School, or on the Importance of Context
- DS804.34 and PZ
- The Faultlines of Memory
- Chapter Two Jan Brzechwa’s Pan Kleks Series: An Alternative Reading
- Games with Akademia pana Kleksa
- Between the See-Saw and the Scaffold: 1946
- Growing up, or “the Disenchantment of the World”?
- An Academy or a Cheder?
- א Aleph = Academy
- What Is Erasure?
- Younger Siblings of the Academy, or, on the Books That No One Reads
- The Difficult Case of Tryumf pana Kleksa
- The Fairy Tale that Does Not Uplift
- Chapter Three The Architecture of Biography: The Case of Korczak
- Between Memorials and Literature: From Mapping the City to Mapping Memory
- The Year of Korczak, or on the Troublesome Invasion of Memory
- From a Tactician to a Strategist: A Modern Take on Korczak
- Chapter Four Micronarratives from the Peripheries of the Holocaust
- Micronarratives and Counter-History, or on Overcoming Oppression
- The Holocaust According to Anne Frank
- Girls’ Narratives: Intimist Writing and the Holocaust
- The Fairy Tale and the Holocaust
- The Trap of Meanings
- Chapter Five Motherhood in the State of Emergency
- Between the Yiddishe Mame and Medeą
- The Metonymy of Mother: The Sliska Street Case
- The World without Mother: Patterns of Storytelling
- Mother as a Pretext
- Hunger/Satiety: Mother and Affect
- When Mother Is Far Away
- The Animal Point of View: Another Version of Motherhood386
- Polish Mothers and the Rituals of Hospitality
- Chapter Six Space Management and Postmemory
- Sacred Landscape
- Beautiful Deceit
- Philosemitic Postmemory
- Playing with Space
- The Jewish Space
- a) The Continuity of the Wall
- b) Clearings of Truth
- The Post-Jewish Space
- Non-place: The Disneyland of Memory
- Space Talks
- Chapter Seven The Dybbuk Versus Facebook
- The Dybbuk: A Case Study of Kotka Brygidy by Joanna Rudniańska
- Facebook: A Case Study of Wszystkie lajki Marczuka by Paweł Beręsewicz
- Close Strangers: An Attempt at a Conclusion
- Series Page
Reading (in) the Holocaust
Practices of Postmemory in Recent Polish Literature for
Children and Young Adults
Translated by Patrycja Poniatowska
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the Republic of Poland as a part of the National Programme for the
Development of the Humanities (years 2016–2019). Grant number
21H 17 0260 85 (0260/NPRH6/85/2017).
The research grant was carried out at the University of Silesia in Katowice.
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About the author
Małgorzata Wójcik-Dudek (PhD) is a lecturer at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Her academic activities focus on the teaching of Polish literature at primary and high school levels, literature of children and young adults, and changes in cultural representations of the past in the Polish education.
About the book
The book deals with the issue of the Holocaust in the Polish literature for children and adolescents. Drawing upon some of the leading Polish authors of the twentieth and the twentieth-first centuries, the author reveals the historical, ideological, and cultural entanglement of their works. The main focus of the book is to search for reasons behind the outpouring of interest in the Holocaust noticed in the most recent Polish literature for younger readers. Among these reasons, the author lists the Polish local and historical context, the new approach to issues traditionally seen as taboo, the development of memory and postmemory narratives, and the postmodern shift from a discursive totality and universalist explanations.
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This book would not have been possible without the patience of many people. My special thank-you for the privilege of benefitting from this human virtue, which is less than self-evident in our times, goes to Professor Ewa Jaskółowa and Professor Sławomir Jacek Żurek, who kindly made time to read the book, discuss it with me and offer their generous comments. I am also deeply grateful to Professor Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich for her insightful scholarly editing and to Dr Patrycja Poniatowska for her painstaking work on the translation. Last, but not least, I thank my Loved Ones for their patience and support, which I felt daily when writing this book.
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Radio: And then the Germans marched into Warsaw and said that Poland wasn’t Poland anymore, and Warsaw wasn’t its capital but a rubble-filled hole in the ground …
Little Metal Girl: Dead right, a hole! A shithole. I hate this city. The tube, wrrr, the trams, bruu, stinking buses, and wherever you’re headed, you go over dead bodies, dead bodies, dead bodies!
Dorota Masłowska: Między nami dobrze jest1
Aleksandra Ubertowska argues that the above passage from Dorota Masłowska’s play is an affirmation of posthistoricity in the sense of “the atrophy of ‘grand narratives’ […] which lay claim to imposing order on the magma-like, amorphous reality, to forcing it into a coherent shape and meaning.”2
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- Polish literature for children and adolescents Holocaust Post-memory World War II Contemporary literature
- Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 252 pp.