Beyond the boundaries of words. Language space as a metaphysical space of the myth of the city in Sny i kamienie by Magdalena Tulli Cover Image
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Poza granicami słowa. O przestrzeni języka jako metafizycznej przestrzeni mitu miasta w Snach i kamieniach Magdaleny Tulli
Beyond the boundaries of words. Language space as a metaphysical space of the myth of the city in Sny i kamienie by Magdalena Tulli

Author(s): Anna Szóstak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article Beyond the boundaries of words. Language space as a metaphysical space of the myth of the city in Sny i kamienie by Magdalena Tulli in its reflection upon the metatextual world of the novel combines considerations upon language and designatum with the superordinate – proving of which is the main assumption of the author – category of myth. The boundaries of words and reality in such a conceptualization are no longer sharp and clear-cut, both spheres permeate and overlap at various levels and planes, influence and cocreate each other. For it seems that Tulli takes for granted the real existence of both spheres, which only in metaphysical space of myth do form a sense-saturated whole and unity. The imaginary project, idea, in this case of a city, actualizes itself by means of word-forming Logos, a creation thanks to which, on the basis of a pattern or a matrix, the domain of matter is shaped. The myth, remaining a universal formula of describing reality, understood after Claud Lévi-Strauss as bricolage, here refers also to the embodiment of ideational project and identification of meanings connected with it, which are reserved only for insiders– in the novel by Tulli, the inhabitants of our capital city, who know its topography and history, and above all who preserve its image in language, symbols, and metaphors.

  • Page Range: 127-150
  • Page Count: 24
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish