Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918

Edited by Tamara Trojanowska, Joanna Niżyńska, and Przemysław Czapliński, with the assistance of Agnieszka Polakowska

© 2018

Being Poland offers a unique analysis of the cultural developments that took place in Poland after World War One, a period marked by Poland’s return to independence. Conceived to address the lack of critical scholarship on Poland’s cultural restoration, Being Poland illuminates the continuities, paradoxes, and contradictions of Poland’s modern and contemporary cultural practices, and challenges the narrative typically prescribed to Polish literature and film.

Reflecting the radical changes, rifts, and restorations that swept through Poland in this period, Polish literature and film reveal a multitude of perspectives. Addressing romantic perceptions of the Polish immigrant, the politics of post-war cinema, poetry, and mass media, Being Poland is a comprehensive reference work written with the intention of exposing an international audience to the explosion of Polish literature and film that emerged in the twentieth century.

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Being Poland offers a unique analysis of the cultural developments to take place in Poland over the last one hundred years.

Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918

Edited by Tamara Trojanowska, Joanna Niżyńska, and Przemysław Czapliński, with the assistance of Agnieszka Polakowska

© 2018

Being Poland offers a unique analysis of the cultural developments that took place in Poland after World War One, a period marked by Poland’s return to independence. Conceived to address the lack of critical scholarship on Poland’s cultural restoration, Being Poland illuminates the continuities, paradoxes, and contradictions of Poland’s modern and contemporary cultural practices, and challenges the narrative typically prescribed to Polish literature and film.

Reflecting the radical changes, rifts, and restorations that swept through Poland in this period, Polish literature and film reveal a multitude of perspectives. Addressing romantic perceptions of the Polish immigrant, the politics of post-war cinema, poetry, and mass media, Being Poland is a comprehensive reference work written with the intention of exposing an international audience to the explosion of Polish literature and film that emerged in the twentieth century.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 856 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Although designed to cater to the needs of students of Polish studies and literature, this volume will also be of great use to all scholars interested in central and eastern European history, culture, and literature, and indeed to the general public."


    Aleksandra Witczak Haugstad, Research Council of Norway
    H-Net Reviews (H-Poland)

    "Being Poland is a truly remarkable volume which covers an impressively wide range of topics in modern Polish culture, at a consistently high level of scholarship. It is hard to think of anything that comes close to its near‐encyclopedic coverage, not just in Polish studies, but in other fields as well. Moreover, it will introduce Polish culture to a number of constituencies that have ordinarily had to make do with hearsay and passing familiarity: not only those interested in Polish literature but also scholars and practitioners from the worlds of cinema, philosophy, popular culture, and much more."


    Thomas Seifrid, professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Southern California

    "Ultimately, Being Poland constructs a transatlantic canon of Polish literature which is both a re‐imagining of the Polish canon as it exists within the boundaries of the nation, and a re‐inscription of that canon in the specific cultural context of the North American academy."


    Jesse Labov, Faculty of Slavic & East European Languages & Cultures, Central European University
  • Author Information

    Tamara Trojanowska is Director for the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto, and an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Toronto.


    Joanna Niżyńska is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic & East European Languages and Cultures at Indiana University, Bloomington.


    Przemysław Czapliński is a professor of Polish literature at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland.


    Agnieszka Polakowska works as an editor and a translator (Polish to English). Her past projects include academic essay collections, articles, doctoral dissertations, and personal memoirs. She holds two Master degrees (in English and in Polish Literature) from the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    1. Transitions
    2. Strategies
    3. Transmissions
    4. Genres and Their Discontents
    5. Postwar and Post-1989 Drama
    6. Essay
    7. Diaries
    8. Reportage
    9. Literary Theory
    10. Film
    11. Popular Culture
    12. Mass Media

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