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In Search of the New Man: Changing Masculinities in Late Nineteenth-Century Polish Novels
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.
2014 (English)In: The Polish Review, ISSN 0032-2970, E-ISSN 2330-0841, Vol. 59, no 1, 35-52 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is a part of an ongoing study, the purpose of which is to map masculinities under transformation in late nineteenth-century Polish prose, and particularly in the works of Henryk Sienkiewicz, Bolesław Prus, Stefan Żeromski, and Wacław Berent. Drawing on developments taking place in society at that time, the article explores the new types of literary heroes that appear in Polish literature toward the end of the nineteenth century: the decadent antihero, the aristocrat Leon Płoszowski as well as “newcomers” to the capitalist society, the “New Men,” Stanisław Wokulski, Tomasz Judym, and Kazimierz Zaliwski. The article argues that, even though the new models of masculinity that the protagonists represent pose a certain challenge to the prevailing romantic models, the characters remain entrapped in literary conventions that inscribe specific gender roles on literary heroes.

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2014. Vol. 59, no 1, 35-52 p.
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masculinity, gender, Polish literature, 19th Century
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103438DOI: 10.5406/polishreview.59.1.0035OAI: diva2:717717
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2014-05-16 Created: 2014-05-16 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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