Gry w rozbieranie. O asocjacjach stroju i nagości w polskiej poezji barokowej
Undresssing games. On the Associations of Dress and Nudity in the Polish Baroque Poetry
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The article is devoted to descriptions of female nudity and the role of dress in creating the image of a character in Baroque poetry. The author reminds us about the literary models determining the way characters are described, considers the shape and semantics of the images of dress, discusses the contexts justifying the “exposing” of the woman, including the motif of peeping typical of the old culture. The quoted fragments of the works by Samuel Twardowski, Jan Andrzej Morsztyn, Zbigniew Morsztyn, Wespazjan Kochowski, Adam Korczyński and Jerusalem Delivered by Tasso and Kochanowski reveal the suggestiveness and sensuality of he Baroque visualizations of the female body. However, owing to the convention of highbrow literature, the nudity of female characters was not described in those texts, only hinted at through certain “undressing games”. Seventeenth-century poets oscillated between hiding and exposing, exploiting dress in the erotic narration, which on the one hand was supposed to protect the body’s secrets, on the other – stimulate the reader’s imagination. The initial analytical and interpretative remarks in the article open the way to further identification of the semantics of nudity and corporeality in Old Polish literature.
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