Womanhood and/as Monstrosity: A Cultural and Individual Biography of the "Beast" in Anna Czerwińska-Rydel's "Bałtycka syrena" [The Baltic Siren] [article]

Weronika Kostecka, Maciej Skowera, Katarzyna Marciniak
2020 Zenodo  
The goal of this chapter is to analyse The Baltic Siren (2014) by Anna Czerwińska-Rydel, a fictionalised biography of Constantia Zierenberg. Born in 1605 in Gdańsk, Zierenberg was a gifted singer, a talented instrumentalist, and a painter. She was also an exceptional beauty. All these gave her an air of strangeness, mystery, and otherness, so that she earned a nickname of the Baltic Siren. This chapter covers the following issues: the image of a siren as a literary ploy to mythologise heroine's
more » ... biography; Czerwińska-Rydel's strategies of intertextuality; the elements of cultural narrations about the so-called 'human monsters' as a tool to spin a story about the woman as the Other. The analysis uses the theory of intertextuality, gender studies, and monstrosity studies.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.7245925 fatcat:2x3ibsivfzb3doa2iodpxaufxq