“Warration Wars”. Andrzej Wajda’s „Wałęsa, Man of Hope” and Herstory of Solidarity Cover Image
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„Wojny na narracje”: „Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei” Andrzeja Wajdy i kobieca historia (‘herstory’) Solidarności
“Warration Wars”. Andrzej Wajda’s „Wałęsa, Man of Hope” and Herstory of Solidarity

Author(s): Małgorzata Radkiewicz
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Solidarity; Lech Wałęsa; Danuta Wałęsa; Andrzej Wajda; herstory; history; feminism

Summary/Abstract: The article considers film, journalistic and biographical themes that make up women’s history (herstory) of Solidarity, which in popular consciousness has been marginalised or even never had a presence. That is why next to studies by Shana Penn and other women historians, the biography of Danuta Wałęsa, Andrzej Wajda’s film „Wałęsa, Man of Hope”, and notes of the screenwriter Janusz Głowacki will be used in the following argument. In all of these sources there appear female figures that are linked in various ways with the opposition and Solidarity. In their auto-narrations there appear the same episodes and contexts, though seen from different points of view: work, family life, children, activism at the expense of free time. In the analysis of these female histories the concept of “trans-sphere” proves to be particularly useful. This concept is defined by Krystyna Duniec and Joanna Krakowska in their book „Soc, Sex and History” as a transfer of interest from the rational realm of reason to the realm of intimacy, and from the collective memory to individual memory.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 92
  • Page Range: 171-185
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish