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„My, naród polski”. Literatura narodowa i globalizacja w perspektywie hermeneutycznej
‘We, the Polish Nation’: National Literature and Globalization from a Hermeneutic Perspective

Author(s): Paweł Krzysztof Rutkiewicz
Subject(s): Social Philosophy, Polish Literature, Hermeneutics, Globalization
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: national literature; world literature; ‘hermeneutic monster’; ‘imaginary museum’; globalisation; ‘literature in Poland’;

Summary/Abstract: This article reflects on the notion of ‘national literature’ and the symbolic realm of the ‘nation’ in the context of globalization. The main goal is to redefine ‘national literature’ in such a way as to render this concept functional – in terms of both theory and interpretation – with regard to the problems of globalization and ‘world literature’. Rutkiewicz proposes that ‘Polish literature’ ought to be understood as ‘literature in Poland’ (with reference to Kinga Dunin’s well-known distinction), whereby the former is expanded to signify the latter. He also reflects on the ostensibility of linguistic and cultural transfer and what that might imply in terms of hermeneutics. Examining the hermeneutic aspects of ‘postmodernity’ and ‘the imaginary community,’ Rutkiewicz draws on concepts such as Malraux’s ‘imaginary museum’ or Themerson and Walcott’s notion of identity being either a verb or a noun.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 11-27
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish