“Enough I Cannot Write”: Faustyna Kowalska’s Little Diary as a Writerly and Textual Event Cover Image
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„Dosyć nie umiem pisać” Dzienniczek Faustyny Kowalskiej jako wydarzenie piśmienne i tekstowe
“Enough I Cannot Write”: Faustyna Kowalska’s Little Diary as a Writerly and Textual Event

Author(s): Piotr Kubkowski
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Theology and Religion, Polish Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Faustyna Kowalska' Little Diary; diary writing; performance; mysticism

Summary/Abstract: The Little Diary of Faustyna Kowalska, a mystic and saint of the Catholic Church, is a frequently translated Polish book, and yet until now its study and scholarly editing has only been undertaken specialists from the Vatican. Kubkowski presents the Little Diary not only as a ‘text,’ but as a testimony of several layers of creative performance, editorial and publishing efforts. Subjected to more or less systematic reworking, copy editing, and supplied with a critical apparatus consisting of introductions, postscripts, chronologies and footnotes, the manuscript becomes a book, emancipating itself, so to say, from the shape given to it by the author. What is more, the very act of creating the entries, rooted as it is in mystical experience, evolves from a ‘struggle’ with the medium towards refined writing forms, constituting what Kubkowski reads as a chain of handwritten ‘events’.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 119-138
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish