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Polish Queer Modernism


Piotr Sobolczyk

This book is a study of twentieth century Polish literature in the contexts of queer theory, psychoanalysis and modernism studies. It presents readings of well-known authors such as Witold Gombrowicz or of authors gaining international fame such as Miron Białoszewski, as well as essays on other important, but less known Polish writers. The book also offers theoretical ideas relevant outside the Polish context: the idea of «homoinfluence», the «enigmatic signifier» and its role in «paranoid cultures», the overlapping of Jewishness and queer, the discussion of queer fables for children, or the new approach to the idea of «camp» and its relation to commodity fetishism.
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Piotr Sobolczyk is an assistant professor at the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. His research interests are modernist and postmodern literature, queer theory, gender studies, Spanish literature, psychoanalysis and constructivism.

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