Shoah as a storyline cliché. On narration by Marian Pankowski in There Was a Jewish Girl, There Is No Jewish Girl Cover Image
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Zagłada jako klisza fabularna. O narracji Mariana Pankowskiego Była Żydówka, nie ma Żydówki
Shoah as a storyline cliché. On narration by Marian Pankowski in There Was a Jewish Girl, There Is No Jewish Girl

Author(s): Marta Cuber
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: In the article I describe a brief history of presence and reception of the issue of Holocaustin Polish prose. If I broaden the last period of it (embracing 1990s and the firstdecade of the 21st century), I only do it in order to show a radical shift towards “rhetorizing”the Shoah. I therefore treat Pankowski’s narration (published in 2008) as a finaleffect of rendering the phenomenon of Holocaust in less and less “documental” way inliterature, which has lead to making the phenomenon its own opposite, that is – most ofall, a literary text. After analyzing the rhetoric of There Was a Jewish Girl, There Is NoJewish Girl, I present the more important phenomenon, which is the author of Rudolf’sdisabling of anti-Semitic stereotypes with the great load of farce. As a kind of criticalreconnaissance, the article anticipates serious changes in the linguistic image of the Shoahin the Polish prose of last years.

  • Page Range: 135-145
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish