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

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 4:00pm

College Arts and Humanities Institute (1211 E. Atwater Avenue)

Join us at CAHI as we celebrate the publication of Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture Since 1918, coedited by Tamara Trojanowska (Univ. of Toronto), Przemysław Czapliński (Adam Mickiewicz Univ., Poznań, Poland) and IU’s Joanna Niżyńska.

Several of the book’s contributors will be on hand: coeditors Tamara Trojanowska and Joanna Niżyńska, editorial assistant Agnieszka Pollakowska (Univ. of Toronto), Bozena Shallcross (Univ. of Chicago), Karen Underhill (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago), George Gasyna (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), Benjamin Paloff (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor), and Bill Johnston (IU Bloomington). A reception will follow the discussion.

Being Poland offers a unique analysis of the cultural developments that took place in Poland after the First World War, 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. Spanning from Poland’s cultural grand narratives to the politics of post-war cinema, poetry, and mass media, Being Poland is a comprehensive reference work written by a transatlantic team of sixty scholars with the intention of exposing an international audience to the explosion of Polish culture that emerged in the twentieth century.

Presented by the Polish Studies Center, the Institute for European Studies, and the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. For more information, please email cahi@indiana.edu or call (812) 856-1169.