Communists have no homeland: a portrait of Wanda Wasilewska Cover Image

„Komuniści (nie) mają ojczyzny...” Wanda Wasilewska jako polska (anty)bohaterka narodowa
Communists have no homeland: a portrait of Wanda Wasilewska

Author(s): Agnieszka Mrozik
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Instytut Slawistyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: communism; biography; patriotism; identity; nation; discourse analysis; Wanda Wasilewska

Summary/Abstract: The paper offers an analysis of a number of biographies of Wanda Wasilewska, written in different historical periods. An attempt was made to reconstruct the mechanisms that governed the functioning of Wanda Wasilewska’s communist figure in the Polish political discourse; explain how she was perceived by the society, and how it altered in the course of the Polish cultural and historical transformations. A biography of an individual gains coherence as a result of the community’s search for its identity: it serves as a building block for a coherent biography of the entire community. The writing and rewriting of the biography of Wasilewska has long been a kind of “production of communism” in Poland, and communism has been one of the most important aspects of Polish identity in the recent decades.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 528-554
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: Polish