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Cyberprzestrzeń i atomizacja. Teoretycznoliterackie glosy na tle nowoczesnej science fiction
Cyberspace and atomization. The literary‑theory voices against the background of modern science‑fiction

Author(s): Piotr Kruszewski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The aim of the present article is to familiarize the reader with the rich history ofmodern science‑fiction literature written since the 1980s, and to demonstrate how the development and the perception of this kind of writing are intrinsically linked with the literary‑theory work carried out “on the side” by the authors of fantasy fiction. The starting point is the analysis and interpretation of Czarne Oceany (Black Oceans) by Jacek Dukaj, and discussing this work in order to proceed to a wider description of a cultural phenomenon which is cyberpunk. The broadening of research perspective also leads to a conclusion that the work of a science‑fiction writer and the work of a literary theorist (or, as in the case of William Gibson, pop‑culture) are two overlapping areas, still dependent upon each other. Further on, there are considerations concerning the association between the work “on theside” and the strictly literary one based on Polish speculative fiction, accompanied with demonstrating the specificity of Polish science‑fiction writings. The article concludes with an attempt at answering the question about the source of artistic value of cyberpunk and its timelessness, about this which makes this genre so rich and valuable – both a few decades ago and today.

  • Page Range: 155-178
  • Page Count: 24
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish