Context and Subtext in Ignacy Karpowicz’s novel “ości” Cover Image

Context și subtext în romanul ości al scriitorului polonez Ignacy Karpowicz
Context and Subtext in Ignacy Karpowicz’s novel “ości”

Author(s): Cristina Godun
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Universităţii din Bucureşti
Keywords: mentality; intertextuality; tradition vr nonconformism

Summary/Abstract: The essay discusses the continuous oscillation between context and subtext in Ignacy Karpowicz’s critically appraised novel ości, mirrored by Karpowicz’s plethora of stereotypical, yet vivid, charming, mostly dark and always complicated characters. The novel offers a very interesting picture of present-day Polish society, focusing on the young generation mentality, customs, outlooks as well as its way of life. It is a generation that doesn’t have to worry about material wellbeing, therefore focuses on the spiritual quest and the meaning of life. In this quest that they are on, they most of the time go astray – that is estrange from the traditional Polish values of Catholicism, family, national identity, and ethos. The clash between old and new brings about in Karpowicz’s novel a new social order that overshadows tradition. The novel is extremely interesting to analyze from a linguistic perspective, offering many layers that wait to be uncovered and decoded, beginning with the title and ending with the character’s dialogues or monologues.

  • Issue Year: LII/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 43-48
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian