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Pamäť a nostalgia v súčasnom poľskom románe
Memory and Nostalgia in Contemporary Polish Novels

Author(s): Magdolna Balogh
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Ústav svetovej literatúry, Slovenská akadémia vied
Keywords: Memory; Nostalgia; Collective Memory; Contemporary Polish Novel

Summary/Abstract: The study aims to take a closer look at the phenomenon of the nostalgic review of the past in Polish postmodern novels. Nostalgia is used as extensively as it is circulated in the contemporary culture. Nostalgia is a specific attitude of an individual, which, however, is linked to the beliefs of the collective memory. Therefore, the presence of nostalgia in literature can be approached by the notions of the collective memory or in this case the autobiographical memory as elaborated by Maurice Halbwachs. The study investigates how Pawel Huelle and Stefan Chwin construct the image of a formerly tabooed past from the traces of German culture of former Danzig and how this newly constructed image of this town became the vital part of the identity of their narrators.

  • Issue Year: VI/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 53-63
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Slovak