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Dlaczego Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński nie prowadził dziennika?
Why Didn’t Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński Keep a Diary?

Author(s): Emilia Zaczkowska-Szypowska
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński; dating; diary; notebook; personal document literature; poetry; manuscript
Summary/Abstract: This article is the result of a review of the writing materials of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński to identify manuscripts with the characteristics and functions of a diary, and at the same time an introduction to genetic research on the poet’s codexes. The first part of the article contains a comparison of the manuscripts in the above mentioned key, leading to a presentation of the predominance of lyric autographs: numerous and related to the various functions they had, with a marginal share of non-literary texts, among which – if it ever existed – a diary could be found. Brief analyses of a letter from Stawisko from March 1942 and selected author’s footnotes from [Codex 39/42] demonstrate the secondary role of personal notes in relation to the lyric, which is the poet’s way of “noting” experiences and testimonies. The second part introduces the study of the codexes, analysing those elements of them that correspond in functionality to the elements of a diary. Particular attention is paid to the components and features of notebooks relating to the temporality of their creation considered in various aspects: dating, chronology, the period of the creation of notebooks, the mode and regularity of their keeping. [Codex 39/42] and [Codex 42/44] are framed as the result of a writing practice similar to diary-keeping with respect to their material integrity, which is an introduction to the study of the poet’s notebooks taking into account their material and pragmatic dimensions.

  • Page Range: 246-260
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: Polish