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New LondonersImmigration Narratives in Contemporary Polish Culture

Kris Van Heuckelom

K.U.Leuven

[email protected]


A Polish emigrant boarding the 'General Grant'

(1907, Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Adam Mickiewicz, The Books of the Polish Nation and the Polish Pilgrimage (Paris 1832)


Manuela Gretkowska, We Are Immigrants Here & Paris Tarot (Warsaw 1991 & 1993)


Londoners, Polish Public Television (TVP 1), 2008-2009 (2 seasons, 29 episodes)


Mazierska 2009

Polish migration to the UK in the 'new' European Union: after 2004

(in K. Burrell (ed.), Polish migration to the UK in the 'new' European Union: after 2004)


Mazierska 2009

Polish migration to the UK in the 'new' European Union: after 2004

“they [Polish films] treat an emigrant as an anomaly from the norm and a problem for which somebody is to blame” (p. 123)

“Polish emigrants are rarely featured in films produced in other countries” (p. 109)


UK 1982

dir. Jerzy Skolimowski


The Grass Is Greener Everywhere Else

BRD 1989

dir. Michael Klier


The Illegal

France 1994

dir. Jean-Louis Bertucelli


Ant Street

Austria 1995

dir. Michael Glawogger


The Ballad of the Windscreen Washers

Italy 1998

dir. Peter Del Monte


The Polish Bride

The Netherlands 1998

dir. Karim Traïdia


y

Austria 2003

dir. Ruth Mader


y

Four Weeks in June

Sweden 2004

dir. Henry Meyer


UK2007

dir. Ken Loach


UK2007

dir. Dominic Lees


UK2008

dir. Shane Meadows


Strong identification of labor migration and Polish ethnicity”Labor migrants are (often) Poles”“Polesare (often) labor migrants”


Two categoriesThe action takes place1. during communism2. after the fall of communism


First category1. Polish main characters2. Rare & unpleasant contacts with locals3. Tragic elements


Moonlighting


Second category1. Polish & local main characters2. “Interethnic” love story3. The newcomer ”helps” the locals and ”solves” their problems


“postmodern migrant”


“political emigrant”


Exile vs. Gastarbeiter


Andrzej


Andrzej’s future father-in-law


Polska vs. Obczyzna


Nina


Interethnic romances & marriages


Season 1, final episode(engagement of Darek & Mariola)


Season 2, final episode(wedding of Darek & Mariola)


Season 2, final episode(wedding of Andrzej & Asia)


Polish couples in Londyńczycy


Nina


Paweł defends Polish interests


Andrzej the Polish problem solver


New LondonersImmigration Narratives in Contemporary Polish Culture

Kris Van Heuckelom

K.U.Leuven

[email protected]


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