Exclusion of Helena. Mrs Modrzejewska’s career in Warsaw in the discursive light Cover Image

W(y)kluczenie pani Heleny. Warszawska kariera Modrzejewskiej w dyskursywnym oświetleniu
Exclusion of Helena. Mrs Modrzejewska’s career in Warsaw in the discursive light

Author(s): Danuta Kowalska, Magdalena Pietrzak
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, 19th Century
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: exclusion; discourse; 19th century theatre; Helena Modrzejewska
Summary/Abstract: The analyses concern texts which present Helena Modrzejewska’s career in Warsaw, and, above all, her arrival in Warsaw, first guest performances and events preceding her departure to America. The study has been set in the discursive perspective and the texts can be classified into three types of discourse: press (critical and journalistic), biographical and private. Each of them portrays Helena Modrzejewska in a different role and from a different angle. In the press discourse, drawn from the perspective of journalists and theatre critics, Helena has been shown as an actress. What is particularly visible here is her remarkable acting ability, setting her apart as a leading actress. In turn, the private discourse depicts Helena Modrzejewska as a woman and a wife. The emotional and axiological layer of the text varies depending on the authors’ letters and their intentions. The biographical discourse creates the most comprehensive picture of Helena in her three most basic roles: as an actress, as a woman and as a wife. Biographical texts depict Helena’s life and career from the perspective of time and this is why they portray her in full light, thus providing objectivity.

  • Page Range: 162-177
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: Polish