Bruno Schulz as a Critic: The Figures of Imagination Cover Image

Bruno Schulz jako krytyk – figury wyobraźni
Bruno Schulz as a Critic: The Figures of Imagination

Author(s): Jerzy Jarzębski
Subject(s): Polish Literature, Ukrainian Literature, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Fundacja Terytoria Książki
Keywords: Bruno Schulz; schulz studies; literary theory; interwar period; polish literature;

Summary/Abstract: Bruno Schulz used in his critical essays metaphors and imagery which createda uniquely organized world. Its elements and their arrangement, just as those of his stories, always have some value and exist in time, which means that they have an inner dynamic and contribute to a mythic history. Therefore Schulz’s critical idiom shouldbe studied in terms of its mythological overtones. Schulz transfers his private experience first on other writers and then on the “historical reality.” Still, the center of his repertoire of critical metaphors is occupied by the metaphors borrowed from biology. Whatever belongs to biology has a positive value and spiritual or aesthetic values mustbe ultimately tested by the body and through the flesh. Biological metaphors stress thework’s and author’s connection to real life as well as the temporality of the world and existence approached either as the private experience of life and death or as the history of society.

  • Issue Year: 2/2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 15-23
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish