Zapolska’s Women

Three Plays: Malka Szwarcenkopf, The Man, and Miss Maliczewska

Gabriela Zapolska

Zapolska’s Women

Gabriela Zapolska

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

Edited by Teresa Murjas
192 pages | 14 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2009
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841502366 Published October 2009 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Gabriela Zapolska (1857–1921) was one of the foremost modernist Polish playwrights. Zapolska’s Women features three of her performance texts that focus on the economic and social pressures faced by women in partitioned Poland at the end of the eighteenth century. In addition to the plays, Zapolska’s Women provides a detailed biography of Zapolska, relating her life story to the themes of each play; an analysis of her significance within Polish and European literary and theatrical traditions; and background on the social and historical conditions within Poland during the time the plays were written and originally performed. This informative collection of groundbreaking plays will introduce an English-speaking audience to Zapolska’s important work.


‘To You, it is Light – To Me, Darkness’
Malka Szwarcenkopf (1897)
A Play In Five Acts

‘Condemned to Desired what we Cannot Possess’
The Man (1901)
A Play In Three Acts

‘Sister or Servant’
Miss Maliczewska (1910)
A Contemporary Drama


Review Quotes
Slavic and East European Journal
“The editor and translator of this volume, Murjas, offers us a milestone in the exploration of women’s literature and history in Central Europe with these three plays, extensive commentary, and copious notes of clarification designed to facilitate staging and interpretation of some of the plays of Zapolska (1857–1921).”
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