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Papierowy romans. O "Pestce" Anki Kowalskiej
A paper love affair. On "Pestka" by Anka Kowalska

Author(s): Ewa Bartos
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Anka Kowalska; "Pestka" ("Pip"); romance; seduction
Summary/Abstract: Jean Baudrillard wrote about seduction as the category being able to reflect reality, namely “to seduce a sign” by means of a constant juggling with its meaning. Georges Bataille, on the other hand, claims that it is transgression that underpins marriage. The author of the article is interested in the way the writers “juggles with the category of a family and relationship”. By means of what means do they seduce a reader and project his/her attitude towards particular novel characters? She is also interested in an anthropological picture of interpersonal relations, especially the problem of transgression. The research material constituted "Pestka" by Anka Kowalska, a love affair that has been equally popular among readers since 1964. The researcher is also interested in both the novel reception and the way the characters entangled in particular interpersonal relations are created, the relations that skillfully portrayed by Kowalska are able to “adore” a reader and redefine his/her views many times.

  • Page Range: 139-158
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish