Writing the Polish American Woman in Postwar Ethnic Fiction

Writing the Polish American Woman in Postwar Ethnic Fiction

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Overview

Though often unnoticed by scholars of literature and history, Polish American women have for decades been fighting back against the patriarchy they encountered in America and the patriarchy that followed them from Poland. Through close readings of several Polish American and Polish Canadian novels and short stories published over the last seven decades, Writing the Polish American Woman in Postwar Ethnic Fiction traces the evolution of this struggle and women’s efforts to construct gendered and classed ethnicity.

Focusing predominantly on work by North American born and immigrant authors that represents the Polish American Catholic tradition, Grażyna J. Kozaczka puts texts in conversation with other American ethnic literatures. She positions ethnic gender construction and performance at an intersection of social class, race, and sex. She explores the marginalization of ethnic female characters in terms of migration studies, theories of whiteness, and the history of feminist discourse. Writing the Polish American Woman in Postwar Ethnic Fiction tells the complex story of how Polish American women writers have shown a strong awareness of their oppression and sought empowerment through resistive and transgressive behaviors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446447
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Series: Polish and Polish American Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Grażyna J. Kozaczka is a distinguished professor of English and the director of the All College Honors Program at Cazenovia College. She is the author of William Dean Howells and John Cheever: The Failure of the American Dream and numerous articles on Polish American literature. She has also authored Old World Stitchery, and articles on Polish folk dress and adornment.

Table of Contents

Contents Illustrations Series Editor’s Preface Preface and Acknowledgements Guide to Pronounciation Introduction I II III IV V VI 1 ||| Faces of Resistance: Monica Krawczyk’s Immigrant Women 2 ||| At Midcentury: Polish Americans Writing Their Identity I II III IV V VI 4 ||| Leslie Pietrzyk and Ellen Slezak Constructing Ethnic Motherhood 5 ||| Tragic Motherhood inDanuta Mostwin’s “Jocasta” I II III 7 ||| (Im)migrant Homelands in the Early Twenty-First Century 8 ||| Experiments in Ethnicity: The “Solidarity” 1.5 Generation I II III IV Epilogue Introduction Chapter 1: Faces of Resistance Chapter 2: At Midcentury Chapter 3: Suzanne Strempek Shea’s Gendered Ethnicity in the 1970s and 1980s Chapter 4: Leslie Pietrzyk and Ellen Slezak Constructing Ethnic Motherhood Chapter 5: Tragic Motherhood in Danuta Mostwin’s “Jocasta” Chapter 6: Transgressive Sexuality in Polish American Fiction of the Last Twenty-Five Years Chapter 7: (Im)migrant Homelands in the Early Twenty-First Century Chapter 8: Experiments in Ethnicity Chapter 9: Fifty Years of Girling Epilogue Primary Sources Secondary Sources Index

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