“Do Not Theatre Yourself!” On Marian Pankowski’s “Chrabąszcze” (“Bugs”) Cover Image
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„Niech się pan nie wyteatrza!” O „Chrabąszczach” Mariana Pankowskiego
“Do Not Theatre Yourself!” On Marian Pankowski’s “Chrabąszcze” (“Bugs”)

Author(s): Agata Chałupnik
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Marian Pankowski;"Chrabąszcze" ("Bugs");collective memory;psychoanalysis;trauma studies;gender-oriented Shoah studies;Holocaust

Summary/Abstract: The article offers an analysis and interpretation of Marian Pankowski’s "Chrabąszcze" ("Bugs"): many years after the war, a journalist from Poland reaches for a fashionable Paris set designer in order to take down the story of her rescue from the Holocaust. Róża Karp, the set designer, is the last in his Galician town living representative of a Jewish community which accounted for a few thousand people. The local authorities want to commemorate the society’s extermination. Pankowski juxtaposes the private and public dimension of memory, unmasks collective memory’s functioning mechanisms and shows its performative character as a field of crashing points of view and interests. Pankowski’s drama is interpreted from many theoretical perspectives, inter alia, psychoanalysis, trauma studies, and gender-oriented Shoah studies.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 137-160
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish