Hutchens (Loyola Univ. Chicago) offers a close textual analysis of several 20th-century Polish literary works that transgress the traditional nationalist and heteronormative notions of subjectivity. In the first chapter, he compares Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz’s short story "The Teacher" and Witold Gombrowicz’s novel Trans-Atlantyk, using as a theoretical framework the notion of homosexual panic and the erotic-thanatic dichotomy. Hutchens argues that by subverting the traditional heteronormative values, both works reveal the inherent violence of Polish messianic nationalism. He goes on to explore Julian Stryjkowski's reconciliatory approach to his disparate identities ("the Pole, the Jew, the queer"), privileging heterogeneity over the institutionally sanctioned homogeneity. The next chapter focuses on Marian Pankowski’s novel Rudolf as a radical political project that through parody, satire, and unapologetic queer erotic undermines the messianic ethos of self-sacrifice and suffering. And the final chapter demonstrates Olga Tokarczuk’s use of postmodern feminist and queer aesthetics in destabilizing borders between nations, ethnicities, and genders. This is the debut appearance of some of these works in Anglophone scholarship: either the books have not been translated into English or the authors have not been studied extensively. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.