“Divine Trash.” Grzegorz Musiał’s “Czech Jewellery” as Camp Autobiography Cover Image

„Boska tandeta”. „Czeska biżuteria” Grzegorza Musiała jako autobiografia kampowa
“Divine Trash.” Grzegorz Musiał’s “Czech Jewellery” as Camp Autobiography

Author(s): Katarzyna Kantner
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Grzegorz Musiał; Musiał’s novel “Czeska biżuteria (Czech Jewellery);” camp autobiography

Summary/Abstract: The article is an analysis of Grzegorz Musiał’s novel “Czeska biżuteria (Czech Jewellery)” which is one of the first examples of camp in Polish literature. The reasoning focuses on the vital in this novel tension between the aesthetics and biographical convention. The camp with its characteristic love of artificiality, irony, theatricality and exaggeration seems to oppose the need of authenticity and honesty in the literary production, all characteristic of autobiographical writing. The novel contains something which might be referred to as a project of camp autobiography. It relies on genre hybridity, makes use of a great number of stylistic conventions and keenly resorts to quotations. Musiał skillfully uses cultural clichés, kitsch, and elements derived from popular culture reservoir in order to parodistically and rather in not obvious way question for expression of individual and collective identity.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 115-131
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish