Philatelic Interests on Bruno Schulz and Walter Benjamin Cover Image

Filatelistyczne inklinacje Brunona Schulza i Waltera Benjamina
Philatelic Interests on Bruno Schulz and Walter Benjamin

Author(s): Ireneusz Łysik
Subject(s): Visual Arts, Recent History (1900 till today), Polish Literature, Ukrainian Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Fundacja Terytoria Książki
Keywords: Bruno Schulz; schulz studies; literary theory; interwar period; polish literature;

Summary/Abstract: In Schulz’s short story “Spring” the interest in stamps and a stamp album, which plays the role of a quasi-mystical Book, equals fascination with distant, exotic realms located outside the familiar. It is also a praise of imagination, since in Rudolf’s hands a collection of stamps was nothing but a mere collection, while in Joseph’s hands it acquired its peculiar extra meaning. The author adds new meanings to the story by considering the stamp album in the context of Walter Benjamin’s understanding of time and the task of the historian. Using Benjamin’s concepts of the “homogeneously empty time,” the nonlinear “historical time,” and the distinction between two types of the “present,” Łysik succeeds in revealing the reasons why Schulz chose for his story an unusual narrative strategy related to the activity of the historian according to Benjamin. The passage from stamps to fiction is successful, but will the protagonists manage to make what they sawin the stamp album come true? The answer must remain ambiguous, just like Benjamin’s thought between translating "The Paris Peasant" by Aragon and writing "One-Way Street".

  • Issue Year: 3/2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 35-44
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish