The ethical meanders of the (narrative) subject in Ignacy Karpowicz’s „Sońka” Cover Image
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Meandry etyczne podmiotu w „Sońce” Ignacego Karpowicza
The ethical meanders of the (narrative) subject in Ignacy Karpowicz’s „Sońka”

Author(s): Beata Gontarz
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: ethics in literature; the human as raw material; the poetics of meeting
Summary/Abstract: The theme of the article, that is, the ethical shifts of the „Sońka’s” (narrative) subject, draws upon Jozef Tischner’s findings, particularly the philosopher’s understanding of ethics as a theory of the human considered as “raw material” for values and on his philosophy of the human person as a dramatic being. Assumed as a departure point, the meeting between the novel’s male protagonist (hinted at as an autobiographical character) and the heroine, is later transformed into overtly staged theatrical adaptation. The article ponders ethical ramifications of the foregoing procedure: transferring the drama inherent to meeting other person, along with the ethical responsibility that comes with it, onto the process of divulging the mechanics of adaptation and staging. Another stand utilized in the analysis is Samuel Weber’s view of the theatre as a critical art which is, etymologically, related to the term “theory” via the Greek word thea designating the place from which one has an outlook, view, or sight. As a consequence, what is addressed are the issues relating to ethics in literaturę that no longer incurs responsibilities to depict the truth and reality, but rather unmasks mechanisms of their production.

  • Page Range: 176-188
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish