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Między nature a nurture. Transfer międzypokoleniowy, epigenetyka i „więzy krwi”
Between Nature and Nurture: Intergenerational Transfer, Epigenetics and ‘Blood Ties’

Author(s): Anna Artwińska
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Jewish studies, Fiction, Studies of Literature, Sociology, Novel, Polish Literature, Culture and social structure , Family and social welfare, History of Antisemitism
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: generation; genealogy; epigenetics; family novel; blood ties; memory; transmission; memory; representation; visualization

Summary/Abstract: This article explores two family or generational narratives – Anna Janko’s A Minor Extermination and Sergey Lebedev’s Oblivion – to tackle the question of intergenerational transmission, including from a biological perspective. Artwińska is interested in the inscription of figures and metaphors belonging to the genealogical discourse, as well as in their function in and beyond the text. Janko’s work can be read as a literary manifestation of the concept of epigenetics, while Levedev’s presents the metaphorization of problems related to the image of ‘blood ties’. The two family narratives exemplify how topical the notion of generation is in its genealogical dimension.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 13-29
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish