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Józefa Wittlina zapomniana historia roślinna
Józef Wittlin’s Forgotten Plant History

Author(s): Jakub Osiński
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Józef Wittlin; Walafrid Strabus; Orpheus in the Hell of the 20th Century; plant studies; essay

Summary/Abstract: The article is devoted to Józef Wittlin’s text “Ogródek” i historia [“The Garden” and History] (1938), which has not been discussed so far and which was intended as a review of the translation of Walafrid Strabus’s poem Hortulus. In the analysis of this text, the author not only indicates the features characteristic of Wittlin’s works, but also puts his considerations into the broad context of philosophical and botanical findings concerning the life of plants, their functioning in relation to man and historical significance. Thus, the article is an attempt to reconstruct Wittlin’s plant history, which is a precursor to the latest research in biology, as well as ecocritical and posthumanist movements in philosophy and literary studies.

  • Issue Year: 460/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 161-170
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish