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Znaczące ciało Gerti – szkic o Pożądaniu Elfriede Jelinek
Gerti’s Meaningful Body: Reflections on Elfriede Jelinek’s Novel Lust

Author(s): Karol Gromek
Subject(s): Semiology, Novel, Austrian Literature, Hermeneutics, Ontology
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Jelinek; Kristeva; body; discourses of love;

Summary/Abstract: Gromek reads Elfriede Jelinek’s novel Lust through Julia Kristeva’s reflections on discourses of love and on the ways in which emotions are revealed and become fixed in language. Gromek’s focus is on the formation of the author, the novel’s protagonist and the researcher – three instances that work to enable the inscription of personal and bodily experience in the literary text. Literary connections help define the subjects’ dependence networks, in which each one can assume a dominant or submissive position. One essential aspect is the discovery of principles according to which semiotic elements upset the symbolic order. Gromek points out such moments in Lust, treating the body as an intellectual and interpretative category.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 203-219
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish