“How Enormous is Semitic Power”: Poetry in Jan Jeleński’s Rola Cover Image

„Wielką jest semicka moc”. Poetyckie strofy w „Roli” Jana Jeleńskiego
“How Enormous is Semitic Power”: Poetry in Jan Jeleński’s Rola

Author(s): Małgorzata Domagalska
Subject(s): Media studies, Polish Literature, 19th Century, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), History of Antisemitism, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: antisemitic poetry; Rola; Jan Jeleński; antisemitism;

Summary/Abstract: Rola was the first antisemitic weekly in Poland published in Warsaw between 1883 and 1912. According to the nineteenth-century custom, not only journalism, but also novels published in weekly installments, as well as poems were included in the magazine. In poetry, lofty or religious topics were raised at the time of Christmas or Easter, or virulent antisemitic satire was published on various occasions. The antisemitic satire corresponded to the themes taken up in prose and journalism. The themes were dominated by the myth of Judeopolonia, issues of assimilation and social advancement of Jews, attacks on mixed marriages and mockery of Zionism, or the colonies established by Baron Hirsch in Argentina. It can be said that both prose and poetry were servile to journalism and strengthened the antisemitic content dominant in the weekly.

  • Issue Year: 22/2019
  • Issue No: 44
  • Page Range: 213-233
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish