Women's Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory

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Every time a so-called woman's voice appears in the media in connection with any sphere of creative activity, it finds itself confronted by the almost formulaic expression feminism today, instantaneously suggesting that feminism is, in fact, a matter of the past, and that if we want to return to this phenomenon, then we need to explain ourselves. Women's Voices and Feminism...seeks to elaborate the problem of generalization, expressed by such formulas as feminism today, while analysing how feminist sympathies have shaped Polish literature, film and language. This volume does not want to impose any hegemonic understanding of feminism, or imply any a priori ideological assumptions about women's nature or role in society. It seeks to identify what is particular in Polish feminist experience. It starts by asking such questions as what is feminism today? or what can we learn from the history of Polish women's writing? In answering these questions, the women scholars included in the volume examine Polish cultural history and memory in the context of the transformations, transitions and catastrophes of the last two centuries, whilst firmly rooting Polish experience within the common European heritage.

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The volume is an interesting study of feminism in Poland, understood both as a women s movement and as a way of approaching women s writing. Each individual study included in the volume focuses on one particular aspect of Polish feminism, emphasizing either the historical or socio-political aspect of feminism(s) in Poland. I would argue that the originality of the volume lies in its idea of discussing both Polish cultural memory of feminism as a movement as a state of mind and a socio-cultural condition and as a tradition of women s writing. --Professor Ma gorzata Radkiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Poland

What is the role of feminism in Poland today? Of Polish women artists and intellectuals during the past two decades? Women s Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory presents an original and much needed treatment of key questions concerning Polish women s writing, film, theatre and art. Counterpoising the dictum that democracy in contemporary Poland has a masculine gender, this wide-ranging collection of articles explores the complexities and controversies of Polish women s concerns from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries --Professor Knut Andreas Grimstad, University of Oslo, Norway

What is the role of feminism in Poland today? Of Polish women artists and intellectuals during the past two decades? Women s Voices and Feminism in Polish Cultural Memory presents an original and much needed treatment of key questions concerning Polish women s writing, film, theatre and art. Counterpoising the dictum that democracy in contemporary Poland has a masculine gender, this wide-ranging collection of articles explores the complexities and controversies of Polish women s concerns from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries --Professor Knut Andreas Grimstad, University of Oslo, Norway

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Urszula CHOWANIEC, Assistant Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University, Poland. She also teaches at University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Ursula PHILLIPS, Honorary Research Associate, University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

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