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Author(s): Maria Berkan-Jabłońska
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Łódzkie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Keywords: epistolography of the Romantic period; women literature; Vilnius in the nineteenth century; literary dialogue; female-author; emancipation

Summary/Abstract: This article presents a selection of Gabriela Puzynina’s letters. In the forties and fifties of the nineteenth century Puzynina was quite well-known writer, especially in Lithuania where she lived. Letters addressed to various recipients, such as Franciszek Wężyk, Józef Ignacy Kraszewski, Michał Grabowski, include requests for reviews of her works, prepared for printing or already published. Selected fragments of this correspondence show how a writer tentatively overcomes the limitations of education and conventions forced upon her gender and how she tried to face the emerging challenges of the publishing market. It can be seen that she gradually more and more boldly spoke about her literary skills and more bravely commented on the current literary and artistic life. Puzynina was aware that she had no outstanding talents, so literary dialogues treated as an element of self-development. She sought not only praise, but above all practical guidance that would allow her unashamedly present her works. Writing became in fact an act of determining her identity.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 67
  • Page Range: 121-142
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish