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Żywioł nomadyczny w twórczości Edwarda Stachury (z perspektywy geopoetyki)
The Nomadic Element in the Works of Edward Stachura, from the Perspective of Geopoetics

Author(s): Wiesław Setlak
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Polish Literature, Western Slavic Languages
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The life and works of Edward Stachura could be interpreted in the context of geopoetics. He represents the type of creator endowed with exceptional spatial dynamic — he could write everywhere he was led by his nomadic temperament. His entire oeuvre is deeply marked by this intellectual nomadic nature. This, in turn, allows to classify the author as a nomadological subject and posit a thesis regarding comparable activity of Stachura in two spaces: internal and external. The former can be a subject of a phenomenological description, while the latter reveals itself in a complementary function. The predominance of the nomadic element above other topics is revealed in the narrative strategy (“the narrator is me”) as well as hypersemiotic and overexpressive portrayals, the conflict between conscious and subconscious representation, vitalism juxtaposed with the nihilistic worldview, search for knowledge about the world and oneself countered by epistemic impotence. Edward Stachura can be considered, then, a writer of the road that ultimately leads nowhere, exemplified by his suicide. Or, perhaps, that was in fact his goal and his liberation?

  • Page Range: 267-281
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish