A Gloss on Narcissism in Zofia Nałkowska’s Lodowe pola [Ice Fields] Cover Image

Glosa o narcyzmie na marginesie Lodowych pól Zofii Nałkowskiej
A Gloss on Narcissism in Zofia Nałkowska’s Lodowe pola [Ice Fields]

Author(s): Agata Zawiszewska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Poznańskie Studia Polonistyczne
Keywords: Zofia Nałkowska; the biographical method; modernism; narcissism

Summary/Abstract: The article suggests a reading of Nałkowska’s first work, treated as a literary study of narcissism. In Lodowe pola Nałkowska made an unsuccessful attempt to express the work through an inner narcissistic conflict, giving the protagonist, Janka Dernowiczówna, the qualities of narcissistic personality, such as individualism, dandyism, estheticism, Nietzscheism, atrophy of instinct, need for self-control, stage directing of life, and never-satisfied self love. The author also transferred her own feeling of emotional neglect by her mother in infancy onto the feeling of rejection of Janka’s proposal by Rosławski. The image and experience of “ice fields” as the emptiness of life, chaos, and powerlessness, becomes a metaphor of narcissistic “abandonment depression”, which became, in Nałkowska’s later work, a constantly present emotional mood and a source of artistic “tanatic imagination”.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 21
  • Page Range: 99-121
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish