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Deskrypcje egzotyki krajów Wschodu w korespondencji prywatnej Sienkiewicza
Descriptions of the Exotic East in Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Private Letters

Author(s): Leonarda Mariak
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 article analyzes eleven letters addressed to Sienkiewicz’s sister‑in‑law, Jadwiga Janczewska nee Szetkiewicz, documenting his Eastern voyages. On the basis of the analysis of their contents as well as their lexical makeup, the author presents the writer’s attitude towards the Eastern realities. In his descriptions, Sienkiewicz pays particular attention to the architecture as well as the appearance of the inhabitants of that part of the world. The value judgments evident in his correspondence paint him as an Occidentalist, fascinated by the culture of the West and strongly negating the value and beauty of the culture of the East.

  • Page Range: 361-375
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish