Zapolska's Women (2010)

Zapolskas Women - Teresa MurjasEdited and translated by Teresa Murjas

Gabriela Zapolska (1857-1921) was a modernist Polish playwright. Zapolska's Women features three of her performance texts. These focus on the economic and social pressures faced by women in fin-de-si├Ęcle partitioned Poland. Malka Szwarcenkopf (1897) concerns the practice of arranged marriage within a Jewish community in Warsaw. The Man (1901) explores the economic problems encountered by two sisters seeking to make their living within an oppressive political climate. The setting for Miss Maliczewska (1907) is the theatre, and the protagonist a struggling young actress.

Zapolska's Women also provides a detailed biography of the playwright, an analysis of her significance within Polish and European literary and theatrical traditions and information concerning the social-political climate within partitioned Poland during the period when the plays were written and originally performed.


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