Identity stigmatized by cultural difference – Upper Silesia according to Kazimierz Kutz (Silesian triptych, The fifth part of the world) Cover Image
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Tożsamość stygmatyzowana różnicą kulturową - Górny Śląsk według Kazimierz Kutza (Tryptyk Śląski, Piąta strona świata)
Identity stigmatized by cultural difference – Upper Silesia according to Kazimierz Kutz (Silesian triptych, The fifth part of the world)

Author(s): Ilona Copik
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Śląski
Keywords: Upper Silesia identity; cinematography; Kazimierz Kutz;

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the idea of the Upper Silesia identity articulated in cinematographic and literary output of Kazimierz Kutz. The purpose is, especially, an attempt of studying the dynamics of „Silesian problem” representation within 40 years expressed in his subsequent works. The idea is developed from localness perceived as Polish regional awareness of being Silesian as an autotelic value. Kazimierz Kutz sees a stigma in the Upper Silesian identity – the impasse determined by geographical issues (being at borderland, existential situation of being „between” neighbor nations and cultures) and by ideological matters (the issue of dependence, being subjected to Polish and German nationalism) that, as a result, evokes the state of identity unwillingness, and the awareness of subordination and hu- miliation. Comparative analysis of early and new works by Kutz shows that Silesia is cultural difference that cannot be determined by coherent and clear national discourse that results harm of indigenous inhabitants evoked in different ways.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 74
  • Page Range: 29-44
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish