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The Avant-Garde: An Unfinished Project

Author(s): Jerzy Franczak
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Barbara Sienkiewicz; Young Poland; Polish literature 19c; Polish literature 20c;

Summary/Abstract: Review: Barbara Sienkiewicz, Poznawanie i nazywanie. Refleksja cywilizacyjna i epistemologiczna w Polskiej poezji modernistycznej [‘Recognising and Naming: Reflecting on Civilisation and Epistemology in Polish Modernist Poetry’], Cracow 2007.Barbara Sienkiewicz reconstructs the genealogy of contemporary Polish poetry by associating and identifying links between the remote phenomena of the ‘Young Poland’, futurism, the Cracow avant-garde, works by Różewicz, or neo-lingu(al)ism. The antinomic nature of twentieth-century lyric poetry shows in its cyclically recurring oppositions: rationalism vs. irrationalism; affirmation of the world vs. negativism; social and civilisation-related utopianism vs. catastrophism; cognitive optimism vs. pessimism; autonomy vs. involvement. However, any attempt at arranging these issues into a clear cyclic pattern implies a considerable risk. Modernity does not cease to represent itself as an aporiatic formation, one that is consolidated through oppositions or contradictions.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 119-125
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Polish