Buttressless. Re-reading of The Decried Ghetto

Halina Magiera

(Szkoła Podstawowa nr 2 im. J. Fałata w Bystrej z Oddziałami Sportowymi)
E-mail: hmagiera[at]op.pl
ORCID: 0000-0002-3106-0781
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2019.01.05
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2019, nr 1, s. 97-116

Download the article
Download all issue
The article is available in Polish


The paper is an attempt to analyse and interpret one of Kazimiera Alberti’s novel, The Decried Ghetto / Ghetto potępione, using new theoretical tools and methodology, i.a. Derrida’s deconstruction and feminist approach. The novel’s main character, Róża Grünszpann, not only torments herself with self-reproach and her own prejudices towards ethnic group, she came from – she also struggles with gender perception. These three factors are inseparably connected. Hence, Róża – by helping people from her childhood home, the ghetto – tries to manage her own fears, repulsion and identity issues.