STRIVING FOR TRUTH OR PRESERVING MYTHS?
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DĄŻENIE DO PRAWDY CZY UTRWALANIE MITÓW? O SZWECJI Z BLISKA I Z DALEKA
STRIVING FOR TRUTH OR PRESERVING MYTHS? REPORTAGE ON SWEDEN FROM NEAR AND FAR

Author(s): Małgorzata Anna Packalén Parkman
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: reportage; cultural sphere; universal truths; dual perspective; immigrant reporter
Summary/Abstract: One significant role of reportage on different cultures over the centuries is clear: not so long ago a reportage, for many recipients, was a window to the world. For better or worse, the so-called reality described by the reporter was often comprised of observations imposed – as if they were objective facts – on the reader as universal truths. In today’s spatial mobility, the reporter’s role has been enriched by some additional dimensions. One of them is the émigré aspect: nowadays, more and more reportages are created on the basis of a dual perspective of seeing, when an immigrant reporter is entangled in a peculiar dialogue between their own culture and a foreign one. Does this double perspective give author-reporters the right to interpret the key to another cultural sphere, even if wellknown? I approach this question by comparing reportage works about Sweden written by Polish writers living there, including Jacek Kubitsky, Maciej Zaremba and Katarzyna Tubylewicz.

  • Page Range: 79-94
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish