Slavisches Seminar

Dr. Aleksandra Konarzewska

(Akademische Mitarbeiterin)

Universität Tübingen
Slavisches Seminar
Wilhelmstr. 50
72074 Tübingen
aleksandra.konarzewskaspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Sprechstunde nach Vereinbarung

Forschungsschwerpunkte

  • Nonfiction Literatur
  • Polnische, russische, deutsche Literatur (19., 20., 21. Jahrhundert)
  • Philosophie und Ideengeschichte im Zentraleuropa (19., 20., 21. Jahrhundert)

Forschungsprojekt (gefördert durch die DFG): Historytelling. Narrating the Past in Contemporary Polish Gonzo Literature

The project investigates the narration of the past in the works of the three main representatives of Polish contemporary gonzo literature – Ziemowit Szczerek, Jacek Hugo-Bader, and Mariusz Szczygieł. I am going to analyze how they construct narrations on the recent past (including the recent ‘illiberal turn’ in politics) in a manner that escapes the dominant historical discourses. Traditional Polish literature, both fictional and nonfictional, has for decades followed the Romantic conviction that writing about events from the past has a moral and existential dimension. The two dominant discourses of narrating the past are thus either idealistic or critical: The aim of the former is to provide a commemoration that would boost the reader’s morale, while of the latter – a commemoration that would shake the reader’s conscience.

Gonzo nonfiction emerged from American New Journalism, a branch of creative nonfiction that in the mid- and late 1960s abandoned ‘objectivity’ and put the nominal author in the center of interest. Gonzo is characterized by its subjectivity, first person narrative, colloquial language, perspective ‘from below’, full dialogues, and sarcasm. In Poland, gonzo stylistics were successful in composing literary stories that, thanks to their metonymic potential, can call into question both dominant discourses: the critical and the idealistic one.

Szczerek’s, Szczygieł’s, and Hugo-Bader’s gonzo writings often take the form of travelogues. The destinations in them are Poland’s neighboring lands and further countries of the region (e.g. Hungary). The authors focus on local curiosities, such as the daily life in small towns, unexpected phenomena of the borderland provinces, nationalisms of ‘small nations’ and their unusual manifestations, and the paradoxes of established discourse categories (e.g. ‘Easternness’). Their main topic is recent history, expressed through the complicated fates of the inhabitants of Central and Eastern Europe. All three authors reconsider the different historical trajectories in the visited countries without making any attempt at ‘objectivity’ – on the contrary, they even stress their potential bias. Their own traits of Polish, male, and liberal serve as prisms through which a given story is narrated. The authors are interested in the historical reasons behind the ‘illiberal turn’ in the regions they visit. The gonzo stylistics enable them to mix uneasy topics with irony and to focus on the narrated story itself.

My aim is to determine how gonzo historytellers form their own ways of narrating the recent past of Eastern and Central Europe, focusing on how they reuse and dispel stereotypes concerning class and gender identities and play with issues concerning ethnical, national, and political identities. In my work, I am taking into consideration masculinity studies, the theory of historiography (‘revival of the narrative’), the spatial turn, and postcolonial studies.

Lehre

  • HS: Sexualität und Gewalt: Witold Gombrowicz – Einzeleinsicht (SoSe 2021) [Anmeldung hier]
  • HS/PS II: Grundprobleme der Moderne: Entzauberung (WiSe 2017/2018, 2020/2021)
  • PS II: Gonzo! Reportagen von (und über) Ost- und Mitteleuropa (WiSe 2020/2021)
  • HS/PS II: Grenzen und Nachbarschaften: Deutsch-polnische Kulturkontakte (SoSe 2020)
  • HS/PS II: Love and Death: Witold Gombrowicz, Thomas Mann (SoSe 2016, SoSe 2020)
  • HS: Unsere Nachbarinnen: Jüdinnen und „Zigeunerinnen“ in der neuesten Literatur Zentraleuropas (SoSe 2019)
  • PS II: Mehr als nur ein Bericht. Reportagen von (und über) Ost- und Mitteleuropa (SoSe 2018)
  • PS II: Grundprobleme der Moderne: Entzauberung (WiSe 2017/2018)
  • PS II: Love and Death: Witold Gombrowicz, Thomas Mann (SoSe 2016)
  • HS/OS: (Post)Sozialistische Räume - Einzelansicht (als Assistentin von Prof. Schamma Schahadat, WiSe 2015/2016)
  • HS/PS II: Roman des Terrorismus: Dostoevskij – Conrad – Brzozowski (mit Michal Mrugalski, SoSe 2015)

Weitere Erfahrungen

  • Post-Doc: Stipendium der Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK) an der Universität Potsdam: Osteuropastudien in Brandenburg, [Link] (Winter 2019-2020)
  • Stipendiatin: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Ausländerförderung [Link](2013-2018)
  • Teaching Fellow: Department of History, Yale University [Link] (Summer Term 2017)
  • Kollegiatin: Forum Scientiarum, Universität Tübingen [Link] (2015-2016)
  • Praktikantin: Zentrum für Historische Forschung Berlin [Link] (2013)

Publikationen

Bücher und Sammelbände

  • Konarzewska, A. (2020): Der Ausgang aus der Unmündigkeit. Die Problematik der Reife in der Prosa von Stanisław Brzozowski und Witold Gombrowicz, Peter Lang. Frankfurt am Main (Series: Eastern European Culture, Politics and Societies) [Link]
  • Konarzewska, A.; Nakai, A.; Przeperski, M. (eds.) (2020): Unsettled 1968 in the Troubled Present. Routledge. London. (Series: Routledge Studies in Modern History) [Link]
  • Baran-Szołtys, M.; Glosowitz, M.; Konarzewska, A. (eds.) (2018): Imagined Geographies. Central European Spatial Narratives between 1984 and 2014. Ibidem. Stuttgart. [Link]
  • Baran-Szołtys, M.; Glosowitz, M.; Konarzewska, A. (eds.) (2017): Central Europe special issue: “Literary Spaces: Poland and Ukraine (1989–2014)”, vol. 15, No. 1-2, May-November 2017. [Link]

Aufsätze, Rezensionen, Übersetzungen

  • Konarzewska, A. (2021): ‘Witold Gombrowicz, Again: Between Argentina and Germany’, Russian Literature [text accepted]
  • Konarzewska, A. (2021): ‘Silvia G. Dapía, ed.: Gombrowicz in Transnational Context: Translation, Affect, and Politics’ [Review], Slavic Review [text accepted]
  • Konarzewska, A. (2021): ‘The Last Modernists. The Question of Disenchantment in the Works of Witold Gombrowicz, Václav Havel, and Czesław Miłosz,’ in: Butterworth, Ch. et al. (eds.): New Approaches to Disenchantment, University of Indiana Press [in print]
  • Konarzewska, A.; Przeperski, M. (2020): ‘1968: Myth and Impact’, in: Konarzewska, A. et. al. (eds): Unsettled 1968 in the Troubled Present: Revisiting the 50 Years of Discussions from East and Central Europe. Series: ‘Routledge Studies in Modern History’. Routledge. London, p. 1-3
  • Konarzewska, A. (2019): ‘Nation, the Political Community. Feindt, G.: Auf der Suche nach politischer Gemeinschaft. Oppositionelles Denken zur Nation im ostmitteleuropäischen Samizdat 1976-1992’ [Review], Contributions for the History of Concepts, vol. 14 (1), pp. 144-146.
  • Konarzewska, A. (2018), Shore, M., The Ukrainian Night. An Intimate History of Revolution. Yale University Press: New Haven and London. [Review], Forum für Osteuropäische Zeit- und Ideengeschichte, vol. 44 (2), pp. 167-171.
  • Konarzewska, A. (2018), ‘Introduction. Central Europe and Its 30 Good Years (1984-2014)’, in: Baran-Szołtys, M. et al. (eds.): Imagined Geographies. Central European Spatial Narratives between 1984 and 2014. Ibidem. Stuttgart, pp. 9-26. [Link]
  • Konarzewska, A. (2017), [Review], Central Europe special issue: Literary Spaces: Poland and Ukraine (1989–2014), vol. 15, No. 1-2, May-November 2017, pp. 93-95. Review: Starosta, A.: (2015), Form and Instability. Eastern Europe, Literature, Postimperial Difference. Northwestern University Press: Evanston. [Link]
  • Konarzewska, A. (2016): ‘Priests and Jesters. On Two Literary Models of Shaping Up the Polish Identity’, [in:] Baklane, A. (ed.): Between Truth and Power: The Role of Authors in Building and Changing Europe. Speeches and Essays. National Library of Latvia. Riga, pp. 48-52.
  • Günter Butzer: ‘Figury pamięci’ [translation] [in:] Saryusz-Wolska, M., Traba, R. (eds.)(2014): Modi Memorandi. Leksykon kultury pamięci, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar. Warszawa (originally in German: Figuren des Gedächtnisses).
  • Shoshana Ronen: ‘Zakhor [translation] [in:] Saryusz-Wolska, M., Traba, R. (eds.)(2014): Modi Memorandi. Leksykon kultury pamięci, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar. Warszawa (originally in English: Zakhor).
  • Aleida Assmann: ‘Kanon i archiwum’ [translation], [in:] Assmann, A. (2013): Między historią a pamięcią. Antologia. Saryusz-Wolska, M. (ed). Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. Warszawa (originally in English: Canon and Archive).
  • Aleida Assmann: ‘Czym są teksty kultury?’ [translation]; [in:] Assmann, A. (2013): Między historią a pamięcią. Antologia. Saryusz-Wolska, M. (ed). Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego. Warszawa. (originally in German: Was sind kulturelle Texte?).