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Ciało we fragmentach, strzępki historii. Post-Zagładowe perwersje Leo Lipskiego
The Body in Pieces, Shredded History: Leo Lipski’s Post-Holocaust Perversions

Author(s): Jan Borowicz
Subject(s): Polish Literature, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Psychology, History of the Holocaust, Philosophy of History
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Leo Lipski; Holocaust; Shoah; trauma; body; perversion; war;

Summary/Abstract: Analysing the work of Leo Lipski from a psychoanalytical perspective, Borowicz points out three moments of trauma: the experience of the Holocaust, camp and wartime experiences, and the progressive decay of the body. The constructed subject’s response to trauma lies in the emergence of perverse structures of memory and creativity, as well as of sexual relations. Borowicz polemicizes with earlier statements inscribing Lipski into the humanistic discourse on Holocaust survivors: a discourse that revolves around contentment with the passive role of a victim while silencing hate and vengeance through their inclusion in an uninterrupted historical narrative.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 356-374
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish