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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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Bibliographical Note


1. Chapter One Sexual Fingerprint. Queer Diaries and Autobiography was presented at “Autobiography” conference, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 2–4 X 2014. It was also discussed at Department of Historical Poetics, Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, January 2015. An abbreviated version appeared in the postconference volume: “Writing the Self. Essays on Autobiography and Autofiction”, ed. K. W. Shands, G. Grillo Mikrut, D. R. Pattanaik, K. Ferreira-Meyers, Stockholm 2015, p. 366–383.

2. Part of Chapter Two on the drama Sodom was presented in a different version as Sodom and Sodomites: Queer Subversiveness of Myths at “Interfaces within gender studies” conference, Universidade de Lisoba, Lisbon, May 2013. This version is fortcoming in print in “IberoSlavica”.

3. Chapter Four will appear in “Studia Humanistyczne AGH” in 2015, special issue “European Masculinities”.

4. Chapter Five.3 Queer fable and the “good” penis – „bad” penis polarisation was presented at “Tales Beyond Borders. Reading the Fantastic” conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, 24–25 IV 2015.

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