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2014 | 63 | 3 | 407-418

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Wizerunek kobiet(y) a symbolika judeochrześcijańska w powieści Ludmiły Ulickiej Веселые похороны407-418

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The Image of the Woman Contextualized in the Judeo-Christian Symbolism in Ludmiła Ulicka’s Novel The Funeral Party

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While alluding to one of the motifs present in Ludmiła Ulicka’s literary ouput, this article strives to explore the complexity of the semantic references associated with her works. In The Funeral Party, it is the ‘pomegranate motif’ given prominence as the fundamental pretext to consider not only the moral state of the the modern man but also the moral state of the ‘new Eve’ (represented by all the heroines in the text). It seems that Ulicka offers one the ‘reading’ of the modern feminine-masculine relations in the form of the ‘reversed’ biblical story. Although the Book of Genesis presents the parable concerning the first parents in the following order: the paradise-> the sin-> the dissolution of the bond with God due to Eve’s deed, Ulicka’s novel offers a different perspective. Here, the contemporary Eves (Irina, Warwara and Nina) who live around the world and argue with each other, unite when faced with Adam’s approaching death. This union can be perceived as the ‘reactivation’ of the formerly lost primordial whole. Therefore, thanks to the ‘new Eve’, the Old Testament model becomes reversed: it is the woman’s love offered to the man that ‘mitigates’ the sin ( that is, the death and decay as well). In effect, what emerges is the new schema consisting of the elements presented in the following order: the hero’s agony as the condition for the rebirth of the ‘paradise-like’ relations -> the death ->the final love and unity.








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  • Zakład Literatury i Kultury Rosyjskiej XX-XXI w. Uniwersytetu Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Plac M. Curie-Skłodowskiej 5, 20-033 Lublin, Poland


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