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”Moderskapet utan glasyr”: Omvärdering av Moder-Polen-symbolen i polska nutida litterära texter och bloggar
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
2016 (Swedish)In: Slovo. Journal of Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures, ISSN 2001–7395, no 57, 48-59 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

”Motherhood without icing.” The Re-evaluation of the ‘Polish Mother’ icon

in contemporary literature, media texts and blogs

Polish woman-centred symbolism contains a specific dimension which is depicted as the icon

of the “Polish Mother” (Matka Polka). This iconic image is deeply rooted in Polish history

and culture, and it often refers to the mother of Jesus, as she is expected to sacrifice her

children for the motherland. As a woman, she realizes herself not only through motherhood

but also in service to her nation, and as such, she becomes a highly charged metaphor for both

motherly love and patriotism. The “Polish Mother” is a myth and stereotype that has shaped

the thinking of the nation for more than two centuries and is still largely in force. However, in

contemporary literature (and also various media texts and blogs), one can identify obvious

attempts to re-evaluate this very traditional iconic image. Motherhood in particular has gained

a new dimension in contemporary Poland. I investigate some of the most characteristic

aspects of the selected texts, focusing on the discrepancy between the old clichés and

expectations and the subversion of traditionally defined motherhood in a modern society

which no longer takes the “Polish Mother” at face value.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Department of Modern Languages, Uppsala University, 2016. no 57, 48-59 p.
Keyword [sv]
moderskap, feminism, patriarkatet, kvinnosymbolik, bloggar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-312401OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-312401DiVA: diva2:1063224
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