Mycelium as Metaphor in the Works of Olga Tokarczuk Cover Image

Grzybnia jako metafora w twórczości Olgi Tokarczuk
Mycelium as Metaphor in the Works of Olga Tokarczuk

Author(s): Anna Larenta
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Novel, Polish Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku

Summary/Abstract: The article concentrates on the motif of fungi which reoccurs in Olga Tokarczuk’s novels. The author proves that mycelium functions as epistemological metaphor. It represents the vision of the world based on the interconnectedness, defying dichotomies in this sense. In this Tokarczuk’s works represent new humanities – the anthropocentric perspective gives way to a non-anthropocentric one. The author also emphasizes the fact that Tokarczuk’s use of mycelium pre-dates the same category introduced by A.L. Tising, who in turn extended the category of rhizome by G. Deleuze and F. Guattari.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 201-218
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Polish