Zapolska's Women (Book)

Three Plays: Malka Szwarcenkopf, The Man, and Miss Maliczewska

Edited by Teresa Murjas

Gabriela Zapolska (1857–1921) was one of the foremost modernist Polish playwrights. Zapolska’s Women features three of her performance texts that focus on the economic and social pressures faced by women in partitioned Poland at the end of the eighteenth century. In addition to the plays, Zapolska’s Women provides a detailed biography of Zapolska, relating her life story to the themes of each play; an analysis of her significance within Polish and European literary and theatrical traditions; and background on the social and historical conditions within Poland during the time the plays were written and originally performed. This informative collection of groundbreaking plays will introduce an English-speaking audience to Zapolska’s important work.

Series: Playtext


Teresa Murjas is a lecturer in theater at the University of Reading.

Introduction - Page 9
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'To You, it is Light - To Me, Darkness' - Page 25
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Matka Szwarcenkopf [1897] - Page 49
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'Condemned to Desire what we Cannot Possess' Page 155
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The Man [1901] - Page 169
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'Sister or Servant' - Page 261
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Miss Maliczewska [1910] - 267
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'The editor and translator of this volume, Teresa Murjas, offers us a milestone in the exploration of women's literature and history in Central Europe with these three plays, extensive commentary, and copious notes of clarification designed to facilitate stag ing and interpretation of some of the plays of Zapolska (1857-1921).'

John K Cox The Slavic and East European Journal
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