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Renata Ingbrant

Associate Senior Lecturer

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Works at Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies Finnish Dutch and German
Telephone 08-16 33 29
Postal address Institutionen för slaviska och baltiska språk finska nederländska 106 91 Stockholm

About me


Senior Lecturer in Polish studies and researcher at the Department of Slavic & Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch and German at Stockholm University; the author of the monograph From Her Point of View: Woman's Anti-World in the poetry of Anna Świrszczyńska (Stockholm, 2007) and a book on gender issues in Polish culture and politics after 1989, Kvinnligt och manligt i Polen. Två studier om genus, kultur och politik [Femininity and masculinity in Poland. Two studies on gender, culture and politics] (Stockholm, 2013). Her research interests include modern Polish literature, women's poetry, cultural and masculinity studies. 




A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • Thesis (Doc) From Her Point of View
    2007. Renata Ingbrant (et al.).

    This book is a monograph about Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry. It may be described as one woman’s attempt to read another woman’s literary work by taking into account established canons as well as the tools of feminist literary analysis. Part One begins with a discussion of Świrszczyńska’s biography (Chapter One). It then moves on to an overview of critical (mainly male) reactions to Świrszczyńska’s work (Chapter Two), with special regard to Czesław Miłosz’s contribution to its interpretation and popularization (Chapter Three). In Part Two there are three principal discussions: 1) of Anna Świrszczyńska’s early work Wiersze i proza [Poems and Prose] (1936), in which the poet develops her specific female view of European art and culture as disintegrated into incongruent fragments. Her premonition of the apocalypse, which is soon to be fulfilled in the events of World War II, finds its expression in the poet’s desperate attempts to unite the fragments of a shattered culture into individualized versions of myths (Chapter Four); 2) of the collection Budowałam barykadę [Building the Barricade] (1974), in which what is most crucial to the poet (biographically and poetically) is expressed – the encounter with human suffering in an inhuman world. Following this, her poetic view of the mortal body exposed to suffering under an empty sky becomes a well established motif in her work (Chapter Five); 3) of the collection Jestem baba (1972), in which Świrszczyńska introduces into poetry, by making the non-poetical “baba” her lyric heroine, the “outlawed feminine” and, as a result, revolutionizes the language of poetry and poetic representation, which leads in turn to liberating herself from the hegemony of the totalizing male gaze. In this way her anti-world is created (Chapter Six). The “world” is understood here as a male term – one might say that Świrszczyńska creates a “woman’s anti-world” as a place where the woman herself has to regain the right to name things according to her own terms.

  • 2018. Renata Ingbrant. Gendering Postsocialism, 195-210
  • 2013. Renata Ingbrant.
  • 2015. Renata Ingbrant. Baltic Worlds (3-4), 4-9
  • 2014. Renata Ingbrant. The Polish Review 59 (1), 35-52

    This article is a part of an ongoing study, the purpose of which is to map masculinities under transformation in late nineteenth-century Polish prose, and particularly in the works of Henryk Sienkiewicz, Bolesław Prus, Stefan Żeromski, and Wacław Berent. Drawing on developments taking place in society at that time, the article explores the new types of literary heroes that appear in Polish literature toward the end of the nineteenth century: the decadent antihero, the aristocrat Leon Płoszowski as well as “newcomers” to the capitalist society, the “New Men,” Stanisław Wokulski, Tomasz Judym, and Kazimierz Zaliwski. The article argues that, even though the new models of masculinity that the protagonists represent pose a certain challenge to the prevailing romantic models, the characters remain entrapped in literary conventions that inscribe specific gender roles on literary heroes.

  • 2014. Renata Ingbrant. Mundo Eslavo (13), 129-137
  • 2013. Renata Ingbrant. Representations of the Holocaust in Polish Literature, 75-83
  • 2014. Renata Ingbrant. Med blicken österut, 131-140
  • 2013. Renata Ingbrant. Między językami, kulturami, literaturami, 225-236
  • 2011. Teresa Kulawik, Renata Ingbrant. Baltic Worlds (4), 4-12
  • 2010. Renata Ingbrant. Mapping Experience in Polish and Russian Women's Writing, 90-110
  • Chapter Efterord
    2008. Renata Ingbrant. Jag i första och sista person, 229-240
  • 2008. Renata Ingbrant. Nordahl och eftf. 3 (4), 100-109
  • 2006. Renata Ingbrant. Wisława Szymborska, 58-70
  • 1998. Renata Ingbrant. Nordlit (4), 47-59
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Last updated: January 3, 2019

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