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Utwory o matkach i córkach
Stories about Mothers and Daughters

The Feminine Post-memorial Literary Texts

Author(s): Sylwia Karolak
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: KSIĘGARNIA AKADEMICKA Sp. z o.o.
Keywords: Shoah; postmemory; second generation; women’s stories

Summary/Abstract: From a large group of Polish postmemory literary texts, the author distinguishesa group that is considered to be significant and separate: Rodzinna historia lęku byAgata Tuszyńska, Utwór o Matce i Ojczyźnie by Bożena Keff, Włoskie szpilki byMagdalena Tulli oraz Frascati by Ewa Kuryluk. All these works were writtenby women. There are stories about complicated, often difficult and painful relationsbetween mothers and daughters. It is important that these mothers are PolishJewesses and Holocaust survivors. Their daughters represent the “second generation”.Fathers are absent in the lives of their daughters for many reasons (divorce,death, journey). This absence enables dialogue between the mother and her adultchild, which helps shape the identity of the daughter and create the story about theHolocaust experience – the most important caesura and trauma in the mother’s life.

  • Issue Year: 12/2015
  • Issue No: 35
  • Page Range: 171-187
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish