The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Bialoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic

The Kingdom of Insignificance: Miron Bialoszewski and the Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic

By: Joanna Nizynska (author)Hardback

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In this first scholarly book in English on Miron Bialoszewski (1922-1983), Joanna Nizynska illuminates the elusive prose of one of the most compelling and challenging postwar Polish writers. Nizynska's study, exemplary in its use of theoretical concepts, introduces English-language readers to a pre-eminent voice of Polish literature. Nizynska explores how a fusion of seemingly irreconcilable qualities, such as the traumatic and the everyday, imbues Bialoszewski's writing with its idiosyncratic appeal. Bialoszewski's A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising (1977, revised 1991) describes the Poles' heroic struggle to liberate Warsaw from Nazi occupation in 1944 as harrowing yet ordinary. His later prose represents everyday life permeated by traces of the traumatic. Nizynska closely examines the topic of autobiography and homosexuality, showing how Bialoszewski discloses his homosexuality but, paradoxically, renders it inconspicuous by hiding it in plain sight.

About Author

Joanna Nizynska is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Harvard University.

Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: "Something more": The Paradoxes of Bialoszewski's Life-Writing Chapter 2: ""Something more and almost nothing: the Paradoxes of Bialoszewski's Everyday Chapter 3: Male at the Margins, or Can We Queer Bialoszewski? Bibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810128460
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780810128460
  • ISBN10: 0810128462

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