The Living Mirror: The Representation of Doubling Identities in the British and Polish Women's Literature (1846-1938) (Gdansk Transatlantic Studies in

The Living Mirror: The Representation of Doubling Identities in the British and Polish Women's Literature (1846-1938) (Gdansk Transatlantic Studies in

By: Klara Naszkowska (author)Hardback

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This book identifies a corpus of British and Polish texts that share correspondences with reference to the themes of feminine doubling, the difficulty of asserting feminine subjectivity, sexual mother-figures and symbolic father-figures. It draws on the Freudo-Lacanian psychoanalysis and the French feminist uses of it known as ecriture feminine - the theories of Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous. It also introduces the theories of the forgotten Russian-Jewish psychoanalyst, Sabina Spielrein. The first part of the book takes account of specifics of Polish culture and history that made women writers marginalised within this context. In the second part, it closely and comparatively examines the selected British and Polish texts, while giving voice to the unknown, stereotyped, or forgotten Polish works. The innovative features of the book include its comparative character and the implementation of various psychoanalytical approaches to the Polish texts.

About Author

Klara Naszkowska completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Edinburgh and holds MA in Polish Philology from the University of Warsaw. Her research interests lie in the area of psychoanalysis, 19th century women's prose and feminist critique. She has published in academic journals and collective books in Poland and abroad.

Contents

Contents: Psychoanalysis - Comparative Literature - Polish Literature - British Literature - Women's Writing - Ecriture feminine - Reinterpretation - Doppelganger - Feminine sexuality - Feminine subjectivity - Mother-figures - Daughter-figures - Father-figures - Destruction - Eros and Thanatos - Sex and death drive - Sigmund Freud - Jacques Lacan - Luce Irigaray - Helene Cixous - Sabina Spielrein - Charlotte Bronte - Daphne du Maurier - Narcyza Zmichowska - Maria Konopnicka - Zofia Nalkowska - Maria Komornicka.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9783631649367
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 263
  • ID: 9783631649367
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 3631649363
  • edition: New edition

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