Narcyza Zmichowska

Żmichowska, Narcyza

 

Born Mar. 4, 1819, in Warsaw; died there Dec. 25, 1876. Polish writer. Daughter of an impoverished nobleman.

żmichowska participated in the underground patriotic movement. In 1845 she published a collection of poems entitled Gabriella’s Free Moments. .żmichowska’s best novella, The Pagan Woman (1846), was a critique of the dissoluteness and cosmopolitanism of the aristocracy and its grandiose daydreams. In her prose, notably the novella A Book of Reminiscences (1847-48) and the novel The White Rose (1848), żmichowska combines realistic tendencies with romantic imagery and fantasy and strives for profound psychological portrayal.

WORKS

Wybór powieści, vols. 1-2. Warsaw, 1953.

REFERENCE

Stîepień M., Narcyza żmichowska. [Warsaw, 1968.] (Bibliography pages 499-502.)
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I, by contrast, propose that for women in Poland under foreign rule the emphasis on cultivating proficiency in the native language was a political act of patriotic resistance that could (and did) also serve feminist ends, as the career of Narcyza Zmichowska (1819-76), educator, writer, patriotic activist, political prisoner, and advocate of women's emancipation, makes evident.
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