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No 2 (57) 2019

The bodies of Zuzanna Ginczanka

The bodies of Zuzanna Ginczanka

Aleksandra Kumala

(Jagiellonian University in Kraków)

ORCID: 0000-0001-9833-3185

The full version of this article is available  in Polish  in the printed version of Tekstualia and in the on-line subscription.

The article focuses on the representations of the body in Zuzanna Ginczanka’s poetry. There are four crucial poetic constructions in this respect that need to be properly contextualized: the Jewish body (Ginczanka’s beauty and stigma, her legendary eyes), the lyrical body (the feminine origin of her poetry, its erotic, emancipatory character, the meaning of victim and revenge themes), the individual and the social body (the ways of shaping her identity and some of her key performative gestures), and, fi nally, the visual body (the poet’s public image in the past and now). Aside from Bożena Keff’s and Agata Araszkiewicz’s discussions of Jewishness in Ginczanka’s poetry, the article refers to Erving Goffman’s, Jean-Paul Sartre’s and Richard Schechner’s theories to illuminate the complex mechanisms behind Zuzanna Ginczanka’s ambiguous position in the literary and cultural discourse through the years.

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