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

How to Write Literary History in the 21st Century?

A discussion panel and the book launch of
Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture after 1918

hosted by 
Slavic  Languages and Literatures and the 
Polish Program at the University of Toronto

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Father Madden Hall, St. Michael's College (Carr Hall)
100 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON M5S 2C4

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About the event

Please join us in celebrating the publication of Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture after 1918 on November 13 (Tuesday) at 6pm in Carr Hall. This volume is a monumental intellectual and pedagogical project undertaken by Prof. Tamara Trojanowska and her colleagues, Prof. Joanna Niżyńska (IU) and Prof. Przemysław Czapliński (UAM), involving over 60 scholarly contributions from all over the world! The book launch will feature a discussion panel with the editors and contributors on the topic of How to write literary and cultural histories in the 21st century? A reception will follow. This event is free and open for public. Please click here to RSVP.


About the book

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 culture.

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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