Images of Manhood and Transformations of Masculinity in Polish Prose in the Period 1984-1939

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2011
Funding: 1485000 SEK


Literature has always had a unique position in Poland and every so often it has played an extremely important role in upholding its national heritage, Christian values and patriotic feelings. During the period 1795-1918, when Poland was erased from the map of Europe, literature's role was to maintain and strengthen Polish identity. Since literature has fulfilled such an important identity-building function, it would be relevant to explore in which way the literary role models might have influenced the prevailing gender pattern. The purpose of the project is a comparative study of male characters in selected canonical literary works written in the late 1800s and the beginnings of the 1900s, and a discourse analysis of masculinity under transformation, drawing on the development taking place in culture and society of that time. The focus is on manhood/masculinity as a discursive construction, as it is depicted in the literature during the given period. The main idea is that, sometime at the turn of the 19th century, with the advance of modernism, a significant change takes place in the discursive formation within which the prevailing discourse of hegemonic masculinity is created. This problem will be studied through an analysis of fragments of various works, with a reference to Foucault's discourse concept and against the theoretical background of what can be gathered under the heading of "gender and masculinity studies".

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