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Tuwim and 'The Chorus of Idle Footsteps'
Tuwim and 'The Chorus of Idle Footsteps'

Author(s): Marcin Telicki
Subject(s): Theoretical Linguistics, Recent History (1900 till today), Polish Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: Julian Tuwim; Michele de Certeau; Tuwim’s poetry;

Summary/Abstract: General aim of the article is to show city in Julian Tuwim’s poetry oppositely to older perspectives. Mostly critics write about his poems that they contain images of urban life and reflections of sociocultural change. I invert this traditional order and try to prove that city is created and seen by new ways of thinking – that the city is modified (not poetics first). I use Michele Certeau’s ideas, because they are similar to Tuwim’s literary praxis. Certau writes about “walking in the city” creating by language (rhetorical devices named synecdoche and asyndeton). Moreover, Certeau describes three types of “spatial requirements”: creating own space, non-time instead of tradition and appearing of new subject (common and anonymous). Reading Tuwim with Certeau’s theses gives a new look into modern city and his literary representations.

  • Issue Year: 36/2016
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 197-207
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English