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Antyliterackie, a więc literacke. O Nikiformach Edwarda Redlińskiego
Anti-Literary and Hence Literary: Edward Redliński’s Nikiforms

Author(s): Marta Bukowiecka
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Customs / Folklore, Visual Arts, Studies of Literature, Recent History (1900 till today), Polish Literature, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Philology
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: ready-made; avant-garde; literariness; meta-literature; reception; non-literary genres

Summary/Abstract: This article examines Edward Redliński’s prose volume Nikiforms, a literary work that consists of authentic non-literary texts written by citizens of the People’s Republic of Poland. Redliński described his experiment as a collection of literary ready-mades. Published in 1982, the book was misunderstood by critics of the time, who tried to judge it through traditional criteria of literariness. Redliński’s Nikiforms, however, call for a different interpretative approach – one that discerns literariness not within each single text but in the encounter of different texts, between them, in the idea behind their composition. The non-literary forms included in the collection perform a metaliterary function because collectively they pose questions about boundaries, roles, the form and building material of literariness. Redliński’s book is part of a distinct contemporary trend in Polish literature to highlight non-literary phenomena.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 326-353
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Polish