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The Shameless Dance Cannot Last Forever

Author(s): Kinga Dunin
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Literary Texts, Psychology, Fiction, Sociology, Novel, Short Story, Social psychology and group interaction, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: shame; shamelessness; camp

Summary/Abstract: From a sociological perspective, shame is an instrument of social control, while shamelessness is a way to break out from under that control. One strategy of shamelessness is camp, both as a poetics and as a practice. Dunin’s analysis of Witold Gombrowicz’s short story ‘Lawyer Kraykowski’s Dancer’ as well as Michał Witkowski’s ‘life writing’ attempts to answer how effective this strategy is and to identify its limits.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 106-114
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish