The Morality of Mrs. Dulska: A Petty-bourgeois Tragic-farce

Intellect Books, 2007 - 100 pages
Born during the tumultuous one-hundred-year division of Poland by Austria, Prussia, and Russia, Gabriela Zapolska (1857 1921) was an actor, journalist, and playwright who wrote over thirty plays in her lifetime. In her best-known work, "The Morality of Mrs. Dulska," a tyrannical landlady harasses, exploits, and even prostitutes the eccentric cast of tenants who occupy her stone tenement building. The petty-bourgeois tragicomedy that ensues is regarded as a landmark of early modernist Polish drama.A cross between Bertolt Brecht s Mother Courage and Patricia Routledge s Hyacinth Bucket, Mrs. Dulska keeps her purse strings tightly drawn and shows no compassion towards the sad plights of her lodgers until she is forced to come to terms with her own possessive love for her son. Now available for the first time in an English-language edition that firmly situates the play in the context of its performance history, Zapolska s incisive play is an uncompromising look at gender, class, and relationships in fin-de-siecle Poland. In her introduction to Zapolska's seminal play, Murjas discusses the many intriguing challenges involved in its cultural transference, combining the perspective of translator with that of theatre practitioner. This book is a rare treat in a much neglected area of modern scholarship. Elwira Grossman, University of Glasgow"

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Teresa Murjas is a professor in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading, UK. Her research interests lie in translation for performance; conflict representation on stage and screen; and memory, materiality and the archive in performance. She creates work in a range of media, including live performance, video and online, always working collaboratively, and frequently partnering with non-academic organizations, such as museums, galleries and community-based venues. For an example of her webbased work, please see https: // Alongside Peeling Onions with Granny, Teresa has also set up the performance company Around the Well at the University of Reading. Around the Well is comprised of professional interpreters from a range of backgrounds and the company's devised performance lecture Between shares stories of their experiences of working with migrants to the United Kingdom in public service settings.

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