U zrodel nowoczesnej kobiecosci – „Esther” Stefana Chwin
SOURCES OF (POST)MODERN FEMININITY – STEFAN CHWIN’S “ESTHER”
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The aim of the article is to sketch the philosophical perspectives of femininity presentation in Stefan Chwin’s novel Esther. The novel enters into a number of relations with broadly understood 19th century, and the novels’ title heroine creation corresponds with the trend of considerations about woman and truth traced back to Nietzsche. Nietzschean concept of “truth” of femininity raised by Derrida in his Spurs: Nietzsche's Styles which consisted in revealing the untruth of truth, and Wolfgang Welsch’s reflections on the aesthetic character of truth form here a point of reference to ruminate on the mode of Esther Simmel’s presentation in Chwin’s novel. In the paper’s conclusion it is shown that both the destructive-creative aspects of femininity, evoked in the novel e.g. in exploitation of the topoi refering to the femininity as well as a chain of erotic-tanatic symbols or introduction, from the perspective of a post-modern text, of traditional metaphysical thinking elements – all are interestingly tied to the issues of ontology of truth.
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