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Pamięć o Zagładzie w postmodernistycznej baśni — XY Joanny Rudniańskiej
The memory of the Holocaust in postmodern fables — XY by Joanna Rudniańska

Author(s): Iwona Kmiecik
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: postmodern fable; intertextuality; children’s literature;Shoah;
Summary/Abstract: The genre of the fable has been subjected to post-modern influences and has undergone numerous transformations. In a similar manner, the memory of the Holocaust has also been affected by the post-modern fabulousness — Shoah has become a new cultural topos. This fable finds its reflection in such literary works as the novels by Joanna Rudniańska (XY, Kotka Brygidy) and Marcin Szczygielski (Arka Czasu). The present article focuses on the play with the convention of a fable in works treating about the Holocaust for young readers published after the year 2000. The author discusses intertextuality, the representation of the extermination of the Jews and the mythologizing of the world in the novel XY by Joanna Rudniańska. The post-modern fable evades genological frameworks and goes beyond the traditional understanding of the genre. Thus, the story told by Rudniańska becomes an attempt at representing the Holocaust in a way which would be suitable (non-traumatizing) for a young reader.

  • Page Range: 135-146
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish