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Kariera w „mętnych wodach wiośnianych czasów”. Hochsztapler jako figura kryzysu nowoczesnej świadomości
Career in the “turbid waters of springtime.” The con man as a figure of contemporary consciousness in crisis

Author(s): Aleksander Wójtowicz
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: świadomość

Summary/Abstract: In the literature of the first half of the 20 century the figure of the con man gained a standing as one of the most expressive figures of the crisis of contemporary consciousness. It followed as a shadow the optimistic narrative and enthusiasm accompanying the modernity, showing the dark side of this processes. For Polish writers of the first half of the 20 century (including Tadeusz Dołęga-Mostowicz, Andrzej Strug and the authors th of the First Avant-garde), just as for the European writers (Thomas Mann, André Gide, Guillaume Apollinaire) an impostor was a character in which the commonplace belief in the chaos of life, naiveté of societies willingly falling to illusion as well as far-reaching destabilization of the framework marking out the everyday ontology came to focus.

  • Issue Year: 434/2011
  • Issue No: 03
  • Page Range: 11 - 22
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Polish