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Wielkie deportacje środkowoeuropejskie z lat 1939-1950 w perspektywie aksjologicznej. Wyzwanie dla literatury
The Great Central-European Deportations of 1939-1950 from an Axiological Perspective: A Challenge for Literature

Author(s): Stefan Chwin
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Geography, Regional studies, Human Geography, Sociology, Recent History (1900 till today), Special Historiographies:, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Historical revisionism, Fascism, Nazism and WW II, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: expulsion; deportation; resettlement; axiology in literature; history of the twentieth century

Summary/Abstract: This article focuses on the basic question of what axiological perspectives are found in Polish and German deportation narratives from the second half of the twentieth century. Chwin also asks what kinds of axiological challenges mass deportation and expulsion has posed (and still poses) for literature. Numerous writers and chroniclers – witnesses as well as participants – have tackled the issue, and their writings continue to be published in Poland and in Germany. Chwin presents a preliminary typology of axiological perspectives that give direction to narratives of deportation in Polish and German literature of the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first. He isolates the following basic perspectives: 1. the Nemmersdorf axiology, 2. the axiology of biographical recapitulation, 3. the axiology of deportation and of the ‘ideological fatherland’, 4. the axiology of historical recapitulation of deportation and 5. the axiology of ‘alternative history’. The article passes over the axiology of reconciliation in Polish literature after 1989 – a topic that deserves a separate study.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 11-41
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: Polish