„The Aristocracy of the Poor”, or Kazimiera Alberti’s narrative about the Rejected

Karolina Pospiszil

(Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach)
E-mail: pospiszil[at]gmail.com
ORCID: 0000-0001-7622-5394
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2019.01.04
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2019, nr 1, s. 71-95

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The paper focuses on an undercurrent analysis of social problems present in almost all Kazimiera Alberti’s work written in an interwar period. A kind of “hierarchy” of people suffering from social, economic, ethnic and gender inequality is evident in Alberti’s works. This “hierarchy” could be considered as hell circles, although a gradation of pain and misery depends on a level of social rejection, not on committed sins. Alberti puts cultural and ethnic hybrids in the deepest circle of hell – those people are perceived as others/aliens (and often not as human beings) by both (or more) cultures/communities, they are “made” from.