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Polska współczesna powieść historyczna i kultura popularna (prolegomena)
Modern Polish historical novel and popular culture (prolegomenom)

Author(s): Adam Mazurkiewicz
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Politics of History/Memory
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Polish literature; popular literature; historical novel; memory;

Summary/Abstract: Regardless of the promoted ‘politics of memory’ and the results of historical research, the popular historical novel these days has been attributed the role of a medium that maintains and perpetuate national myths. Even if any given image of the past times is shattered, it is always substituted by a new myth, which in its nature is an ‘anti-myth’, when compared to the previous one, i.e. it presents a ‘spiritual reverse’ of the former vision. The function of the new myth, however, remains unchanged – it’s meant to consolidate the to-date perception of the past, even despite an explicit demand for the necessity of revindication. ‘Reading history’ by authors of popular historical novels still remains a record which, in its nature, resembles a ‘cultural palimpsest’ and is subordinated to ‘phantoms’ dwelling in the social imagination.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 13-35
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: Polish