On a publishing frame in the 17th century poetic books by Wespazjan Kochowski (selected issues) Cover Image
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O ramie wydawniczej w siedemnastowiecznych tomikach poetyckich Wespazjana Kochowskiego (wybrane zagadnienia)
On a publishing frame in the 17th century poetic books by Wespazjan Kochowski (selected issues)

Author(s): Teresa Banaś-Korniak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article discusses the nature and functions of the elements of a publishing frame of the firsteditions of poetic books written by Wespazjan Kochowski, a 17th century Polish writer. The analysiscovers the titles with subtitles, dedication letters, letters to readers, censorship notes, author’ssignals of beginnings and endings, as well as graphic elements (copperplate engravings and woodengravings decorating frontispieces of old prints). The author comes to a series of conclusions:among others, she states that the frame parts in religious and secular works are different. Kochowskiused to take care a lot of the advertisement of the first editions of his texts. Delimitative parts of hisworks include information on the content, composition and type of poem or author’s inspirations. Indedication letters to secular texts he encouraged to read them, and referred to the Ancient toposestrying to convince the reader of the importance of a literary work. In religious texts, frame elementsare often prayer or hymnic in character and are most often directed at God’s Mother, more seldomat God or God’s Son. The graphic elements of works, copperplate engravings and wood engravingsreferring to the 17th century trends and plastic tendencies are very interesting. They are marked bya well-thought composition, and symmetry whereas the characters and objects presented on themhave a symbolic or allegoric connotation connected with literary motives of Kochowski’s texts. Itallows for making an assumption that the author had a big influence on their formation and locationin his works.

  • Page Range: 141-154
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish