Ambiguous Endeavours

The Evolution of the Melodramatic Mode in Polish Holocaust Narratives from Hanna Krall to The Aftermath

Anita Pluwak

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This dissertation examines how melodrama, defined as a complex, distinctly modern and transnational mode of storytelling, has influenced the area of Polish Holocaust representation since the late 1970s till the present. Within a methodological frame that seeks to combine textual and contextual analysis, the study poses a set of questions that can be asked of the melodramatic mode’s narrative structures and stylistic devices, their signifying and functionality, in literature and film. Other key issues considered include the melodramatic narratives’ ability to evolve and adapt during the cultural transformation of late-communism (the 1970s and 1980s) and post-communism (after 1989), and the circumstances accompanying melodrama’s rise to prominence within this particular field. I argue that the increased visibility and popularity of melodramatic narratives must be seen in relation to the long-standing associations between Polish Holocaust representation and forms of expression linked to high modernism and the avant-garde, but also as indicative of fundamental changes in post-communist culture.

Additional information

Weight 493 g
Dimensions 16 x 155 x 220 mm
Language

English

Number of pages

262

Publication year

2015

Format

Paperback

ISBN

978-91-7623-297-2

ISSN

0280-0284

Volume

12

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