Trees and forests – Contested Natures in Polish bookstores (in the second decade of the 21st century) Cover Image

Drzewa i lasy – alternatywne przyrody w polskich księgarniach (w drugiej dekadzie XXI wieku)
Trees and forests – Contested Natures in Polish bookstores (in the second decade of the 21st century)

Author(s): Magdalena Roszczynialska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Comparative Study of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: dendrography; dendrogram; rhizomatic mind map [mycogram]; cooperative collective; ecological-necrological perspective; politics; Polish literature in the 21st century;

Summary/Abstract: Dendrographies are records whose theme or structural pattern is trees and forests. The author presents a wide panorama of alternative takes of the theme of “wood” in humanistic (Polish and translated) literature on the subject in Poland in the second decade of the 21st century. She notes in the literature (artistic and academic) an increase in the number of people who are interested in wood and forests, generated by the conflict around the Białowieża Primeval Forest, as well as by the increasingly afflictive consequences of the climatic disaster. She notes the transformation of discursive and symbolic takes, in which the tree dominated,into desymbolised, material and affective takes, in which the forest as a collective organism dominates. A similar transformation is taking place in organic modelling: there is a transition from the dendrogram to the mycogram (mycelium) as a functional model of natural, social and cultural phenomena. The article also serves as an introduction to the journal’s volume and prefigures the topics of the articles contained therein.

  • Issue Year: 8/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 3-26
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Polish