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The Routledge World Companion to Polish Literature

Edited by: Tomasz Bilczewski , Stanley Bill , Magdalena Popiel

Print publication date:  September  2021
Online publication date:  September  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367691622
eBook ISBN: 9781003140689
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781003140689
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The Routledge World Companion to Polish Literature offers an introduction to Polish literature through thirty-three case studies, covering works from the Middle Ages up to the present day. Each chapter draws on a text or body of work, examining its historical context, as well as its international reception and position within world literature.

The book presents a dual perspective on Polish literature, combining original readings of key texts with discussions of their two-way connections with other literatures across the globe. With a detailed introduction offering a narrative overview, the book is divided into six sections offering a chronological pathway through the material. Contributors from around the world examine the various cultural exchanges at play, with each chapter including:

  • Definitions of key terms and brief overviews of historical and political events, literary eras, trends, movements, groups, and institutions for those new to the area
  • Analysis and notes on translations, including their hidden dimensions and potential
  • Textual focus on poetics, such as strategies of composition, style, and genre
  • A range of historical, sociological, political, and economic contexts

From medieval song through to the contemporary novel, this book offers an interpretive history of Polish literature, while also positioning its significance within world literature. The detailed introductions make it accessible to beginners in the area, while the original analysis and focused case studies will also be of interest to researchers.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  In search of origins Download PDF
Chapter  2:  World order in a harmonious hymn Download PDF
Chapter  3:  A child's death, the poet's immortality Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The poetry of “passage” Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The “fairytale” magic of speech Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Is Jan Potocki's The Manuscript Found in Saragossa a Polish work? Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The letters of Jewish lovers in Dutch Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The culture of memory Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Adam Mickiewicz Download PDF
Chapter  11:  “Being's fated shade” Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Bolesław Prus's The Doll  Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Toward mass culture Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Stanisław Brzozowski's Flames  Download PDF
Chapter  15:  “Rebellion against boundaries” Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Polish avant-garde in Japan Download PDF
Chapter  17:  “A man on the brink of disaster” Download PDF
Chapter  18:  History and myth Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Psychological realism and Modernist poetics Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Witness and form Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Gustaw Herling-Grudziński's A World Apart  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Making Sense of Trans-Atlantyk  Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Archaism as a tool of change Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Stanisław Jerzy Lec's Unkempt Thoughts  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Stanisław Lem's Solaris  Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Translating memory Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The drama of otherness Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Wisława Szymborska Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Zbigniew Herbert and antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The untranslatable trope Download PDF
Chapter  31:  A thicket of hieroglyphs and ideograms Download PDF
Chapter  32:  “Try to praise the mutilated world” Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Micro-suspense and the desire to keep reading Download PDF
Chapter  34:  AFTERWORD Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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