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Journal Title: Acta Universitatis Lodziensis. Folia Litteraria Polonica

ISSN: 1505-9057 (Print); 2353-1908 (Online)

Publisher: Lodz University Press

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Literature (General)

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English, Polish

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Barbara Czarnecka (Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wydział Polonistyki, Katedra Historii Literatury Polskiej XX wieku; ul. Gołębia 16-18 , 30-007 Kraków)


Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The article is the analysis of women’s lager narrations that reflect the procedure of shaving hair applied to female lager prisoners. It shows cultural, social and psychological meanings of this procedure, presents it as the element of the wide scale lager violence strategy, degradation ritual, the form of female identity and intimacy violation. Through the presentation of various circumstances in which women were shaved in concentration camps the text presents the situation complexity of the lager experience – its phases and the context. The article relates the variety of sources and includes the experiences of women of different nationalities, for example: German, Polish, Jewish.