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After '89Polish Theatre and the Political$
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Bryce Lease

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992958

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992958.001.0001

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Beyond a teatr kobiecy

Beyond a teatr kobiecy

(p.83) 3 Beyond a teatr kobiecy
After '89

Bryce Lease

Manchester University Press

In examining feminist new writing and reworkings of the Polish canon it is asserted that it is imperative to amend the habit of interpreting the political transformation as lacking gender components and to stop codifying women’s experiences as uniform or homogenous. As both the civic and the social spheres have become increasingly sexualized, the radical right continues to reinforce conceptions of nationhood through gender binaries. The performances by Krystian Lupa, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Andrzej Wajda, Anna Augustynowicz, Maja Kleczewska, Weronika Szczawinska and Bartosz Frackowiak seek to disrupt the ongoing solidification of binary tropes that position women as either eroticized victims and sexualized objects or asexual martyrs that safeguard conservative national narratives and restore traditional hierarchies in a return to a Polish ‘normality’ that is antithetical to communism. It is argueed that the primary objectives of staging gender in political theatre over the past two decades has been to repudiate a perceived ‘proper’ femininity, to advocate and contest legacies of feminism, to represent innovative and lateral forms of kinship and intimacy, to disrupt the reinforcement of heterosexuality as originary and natural and to attend to the insights offered by trans bodies, identities and experiences.

Keywords:   Feminism, Gender binaries, Polish feminism, Anna Augustynowicz, Maja Kleczewska, Weronika Szczawinska, Agnieszka Graff, Maria Janion

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