‘Not-I Open my Eyes’: Ethical Reading and Szczepan Twardoch’s Morphine Cover Image
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„Nieja oczy otwieram”. Etyczne czytanie i Morfina Szczepana Twardocha
‘Not-I Open my Eyes’: Ethical Reading and Szczepan Twardoch’s Morphine

Author(s): Michał Koza
Subject(s): Philosophy, Literary Texts, Fiction, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Novel
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: the ethics of literature; existentialism; Kierkegaard; subjectivity; axiology

Summary/Abstract: This paper explores the possibilities of an ethical reading of Szczepan Twardoch’s Morphine in the wider context current notions of the ethics of literature. Koza’s aim is to show how ethical interpretations relate to the postmodern concept of subjectivity with its broadly understood ‘multilinguality’. In the case of Twardoch’s novel, this ‘multilinguality’ is particularly evident in the construction of the narrator and characters. The use of a methodology peculiar to interpretations inspired by existentialism, mainly Kierkegaardian ones, enables Koza to outline the characters’ ethical situation, as well as the axiology of the very act of interpretation.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 340-457
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish