Meeting the Evil. Gothic elements in {Pagan Woman} by Narcyza Żmichowska Cover Image
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Spotkanie ze Złem. Gotyckie elementy Poganki Narcyzy Żmichowskiej
Meeting the Evil. Gothic elements in {Pagan Woman} by Narcyza Żmichowska

Author(s): Ewa Owczarz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Gothicism; Polish literature; Żmichowska; „The Pagan Woman” gotycyzm; literatura polska; Żmichowska; „Poganka”

Summary/Abstract: Casket-like structured {Pagan Woman} by Narcyza Z˙ michowska is shown as a ‘feargenerating’ composition. The main thesis underlying the article is as follows: in her novel Żmichowska discusses the problem of love and art, but in fact shows the problem of evil and sin. She relies on such lively Gothic motifs as: castle, Satan, picture, look-alike and the icon of fear − the vampire. The motif of fire as an epiphany of fear will be analysed in detail in the following discussion.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: LIX
  • Page Range: 269-288
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish