Destined to Melancholy. Emotions in Contemporary Women’s Croatian Poetry Cover Image

Skazane na melancholię. O emocjach we współczesnej chorwackiej poezji kobiecej
Destined to Melancholy. Emotions in Contemporary Women’s Croatian Poetry

Author(s): Zuzanna Gawałkiewicz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Croatian Literature
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: contemporary Croatian poetry; emotions; melancholia; metaphors; postmodernity

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the study is to answer the question what the postmodern melancholy is and how it manifests itself through emotions in contemporary works of selected Croatian poets: Božica Zoko, Marijana Radmilović and Tea Gikić. The analysis of poems focused on the theme of body language and metaphors associated with physicality, which are culturally consistent way of expressing melancholy. Postmodern phenomena, such as consumerism, media development, twilight of grand narratives, transformation of the aesthetics of the text, expansion of popular culture or value system instability, which create a melancholic anxiety. Characteristics of postmodern melancholy language have been analyzed which is also the language of women’s depression. The theme, most often undertaken by poets, turned out to be the body and language.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 239-253
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish