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„Zamawianie” Realnego. Konstruowanie tożsamości fantazmatycznej „narodu politycznego”
Lustrating the Real: Constructing the Phantasmal Identity of the Political Nation

Author(s): Romana Kolarzowa
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: political nation; blurring of memory; splitting

Summary/Abstract: This article examines the ways in which national identity took shape among the Polish peasant class. Kolarzowa hypothesizes that this identity is a construct of the dominant class; the peasant class has introjected it rather superficially, and as a consequence Polish identity came to be split in a unique manner. Building on critical theory and postcolonial studies, Kolarzowa focuses on what she sees as the key practices within this process, i.e. the blurring of memory and the mimicry that characterizes identity formation. She also points out the psychosocial consequences of these practices, such as the repressed experience of one’s own social condition (which is remembered but cannot be expressed in the pubic sphere) and the transference of that experience onto a group of Others (Jews)

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 84-95
  • Page Count: 12