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Nekroperformans (Necroperformance)


Sajewska, Dorota (2016). Nekroperformans (Necroperformance). Didaskalia. Gazeta Teatralna, (131):18-33.

Abstract

“Necroperformance' is what Dorota Sajewska calls the cultural spectacle of Polishness based on revitalizing historical remnants. She begins her investigation of the presence of this practice in Polish culture by describing the movements of the wounded soldier's body in Stefan Żeromski's The Faithful River. Sajewska locates metaphors of the chopping and decaying of the body in Polish literature, and investigates how national liberation uprisings and the Great War are present in Poland's collective memory and cultural texts. She raises a subject that is sidestepped in the Polish cultural discourse – the figure of the hysterical soldier – and analyzes the political function of melodramatic forms in literature and film. She then compares the premiere of the film version of The Faithful River (1922) and the crisis that was underway in the institutional theaters of the day, including the National Theater.

Abstract

“Necroperformance' is what Dorota Sajewska calls the cultural spectacle of Polishness based on revitalizing historical remnants. She begins her investigation of the presence of this practice in Polish culture by describing the movements of the wounded soldier's body in Stefan Żeromski's The Faithful River. Sajewska locates metaphors of the chopping and decaying of the body in Polish literature, and investigates how national liberation uprisings and the Great War are present in Poland's collective memory and cultural texts. She raises a subject that is sidestepped in the Polish cultural discourse – the figure of the hysterical soldier – and analyzes the political function of melodramatic forms in literature and film. She then compares the premiere of the film version of The Faithful River (1922) and the crisis that was underway in the institutional theaters of the day, including the National Theater.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:Polish
Date:2016
Deposited On:16 Feb 2017 08:58
Last Modified:02 Feb 2018 12:21
Publisher:Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
ISSN:1233-0477
OA Status:Green

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