The comic of Pamiątki Soplicy [The Memoirs of Soplica] by Henryk Rzewuski Cover Image
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Komizm Pamiątek Soplicy Henryka Rzewuskiego
The comic of Pamiątki Soplicy [The Memoirs of Soplica] by Henryk Rzewuski

Author(s): Ewelina Giżka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this article is to discuss the comic of Pamiątki Soplicy [The Memoirs of Soplica] by Henryk Rzewuski. The comic effect evoked here is most prominent in the description of particular characters. To create Soplica, the author refers to the comic of a naive person, whose worldview is one‑sided, the comic of the difference between the appearance and the reality and the comic of contrast between temperaments of his protagonists. He also humorously rehabilitates some historically and morally controversial figures, such as Mikołaj Potocki, Karol Radziwiłł and Priest Marek. Rzewuski creates verbal humour through repetition, language mixing and robust comments of the narrator. Situational humour, although limited, is enriched with the context of manners. The article underscores also the comic value of the anecdotes that appear in the text, connected with the war, the law, hunting, and social life, with particular emphasis placed on their role in shaping the characters of magnates (Radziwiłł and Potocki). It also seeks answer to the question of what Rzewuski uses in place of the comic, which in some fragments disappears from the text.

  • Page Range: 34-55
  • Page Count: 22
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish