Kingdom of Insignificance
The Traumatic, the Quotidian, and the Queer in the Life-Writing of Miron Bialoszewski
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Writing a book takes a village, and I owe thanks to many people on both My colleagues in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard have supported me academically, institutionally, and otherwise, and I would like to thank all of them here: Jonathan Bolton, Svetlana Boym, Julie Buckler, Michael Flier, George Grabowicz, John Malmstad, Stephanie ...
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Page numbers following Polish quotations of Miron BiaÅoszewskiâs work refer to the multivolume edition of his collected works (Utwory Zebrane [Warsaw: PanÂ´stwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 1987â]). My abbreviations of titles refer to BiaÅoszewskiâs individual works contained in this edition rather than to the group titles of the volumes. In my discussion of PamieËtnik z pow-...
Introduction: Playing Out Life in the Everyday: The Quotidian, the Queer, and the Traumatic
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When imagining the task of explaining what
makes Miron BiaÅoszewski a great poet, MichaÅ GÅowiÅski playfully lays out
the main challenges of BiaÅoszewskiâs work:
BiaÅoszewski is a fascinating phenomenon because of his paradoxical nature. I can imagine talking to a foreigner who never read anything by BiaÅoszewski and telling him or her that BiaÅoszewski was a great poet. But if you skip his early...
Chapter 1. âThe Glaring Identity of âNowââ: A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising as a Reenactment of the Traumatic
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The posters announced, âThey were dying in the sunâ (âUmierali w sÅoÅcuâ), but the images were of contemporary young Varsovians. They were dressed like twenty- fi rst- century urban youths, and they faced the camera in the frontal, still posture typical of the tradition of photographic portraiture. These...
Chapter 2. Something More from Almost Nothing: The Paradoxes of BiaÅoszewskiâs Life-Writing
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What is this compulsively repeated âallâ that we see in this passage from the second volume of the small narrations? Clearly, it does not mean a thematic all-inclusivityâan impossibility in any caseâbut rather a specific kind of relationship between the narrator and his project of life- writing. The low register of a need for bodily purgation juxtaposed with a diary- like...
Chapter 3. Miron at the Margins, or Can We Queer BiaÅoszewski?
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This passage is entitled âRedemptorystaâ (âRedemptoristâ), after the character of an effeminate male theology student belonging to the order of âredemptorists,â in Lubiewoâa 2005 novel by MichaÅ Witkowski.1 Lubiewo, in an unprecedented way, envisions the life of Polish ciotyâa word that might be translated as âfagsâ or âqueensââunder Communism and their contemporary...
Epilogue: âRidiculous Placesâ and Queering Memory: Life- Writing, History, and How We Do Not Know
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It is particularly apt now to ask questions about how our knowledge of BiaÅoszewskiâs homosexuality can most productively enter into our interpretation of his work. BiaÅoszewskiâs long- awaited secret diary (tajny dziennik), the publication of which was delayed under the terms...
List of Abbreviations
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About the Author
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Joanna NizËynÂ´ska is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at ...
Publication Year: 2012
Series Title: NUP