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Deconstructing Myth in Contemporary Women’s Literature in Russia and Poland. A Comparative Study

Deconstructing Myth in Contemporary Women’s Literature in Russia and Poland. A Comparative Study
TITLE OF THE PROJECT Deconstructing Myth in Contemporary Women’s Literature in Russia and Poland. A Comparative Study
INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED Department of History, Cultural Heritage, Education and Society, University of Rome “Tor Vergata” – University of Salento – University of Bologna – University of Turin
FUNDING/CALL DETAILS National Research Programme (PRIN 2015)
DURATION 36 months
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Gloria Politi, Tenured Researcher., University of Salento
LOCAL COORDINATOR Marina Ciccarini, Full Professor, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
SHORT DESCRIPTION Classical myth has always expressed a patriarchal and misogynous culture. Contemporary female writers in Russia and Poland have felt the need to re-appropriate classical mythology, so as to rewrite it from their own perspective. Through a playful process or de-mythologising and re-mythologising, the authors produce blends from several myth, also having recourse to genres like the fairy-tale or fantasy. In this way Greek-Latin myths alternate with new mythopoeses, becoming an ideological battlefield for emancipation and identity construction, through a re-elaboration of ancient and new mythologies. This literary endeavour is almost therapeutic and comes to symbolise woman “integration”.  It is within this frame that the works of several Slavic female writers can be made sense of.

In light of this, the project aims to enhance our understanding of the so-called “menstrual writing”, from the end of the 20th century to the present day, characterised by myth-making, feminism, post-modernism, existentialism, autobiography, gender and identity issues.

Furthermore, considering the historical, philosophical and literary influences that have contributed to the development of gender writings – stylistics and criticism wise  – the project aims to draw intertextual references between the works of some of the most representative female writers from the two cultures taken into examination. At the same time, a broader intercultural and interdisciplinary scope is envisaged for the project as mythology links classical and modern civilizations.

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February 27, 2018