Bożena Shallcross

Bożena Shallcross is an associate professor of Polish literature at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Through the Poet's Eye: The Travels of Zagajewski, Herbert, and Brodsky.

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Framing the Polish Home · Postwar Cultural Constructions of Hearth, Nation, and Self
Edited by Bożena Shallcross

As the subject of ideological, aesthetic, and existential manipulations, the Polish home and its representation is an ever-changing phenomenon that absorbs new tendencies and, at the same time, retains its centrality to Polish literature, whether written in Poland or abroad. Framing the Polish Home is a pioneering work that explores the idea of home as fundamental to the question of cultural and national identity within Poland's recent history and its tradition.

"Polish literature, architecture, interior design, cultural tradition, ideologies, aesthetics, and various strategies of identification, all combine to play a part in this critical effort at 'framing' the Polish abode in its diversity. Through these themes and points of view the present collection not only delineates the recent historical development of the home in Polish literature, but also captures its universal meaning."

From the introduction