Symmetry and entropy. An outline on anthropology of
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Symetria i entropia. Zarys antropologii "Sonetów krymskich"
Symmetry and entropy. An outline on anthropology of "Sonety krymskie" [Crimean sonnets]

Author(s): Dariusz Seweryn
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, Philology, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: literary literacy of the first half of the 19th century; Sonety Krymskie; cultural anthropology; sociology of knowledge; Ałuszta w dzień; historical-literary conventions; semiotic perspective
Summary/Abstract: The theoretical basis of the dissertation is formed by the thesis that the opposition between the systems of conceptual representation proper to the artistic high culture and the representations from the domain of the so-called traditional cultures does not have a structural character – therefore, the conceptual apparatus developed by contemporary social sciences finds adequate and direct application in the study of literary literacy of the first half of the 19th century. "Sonety Krymskie" [Crimean Sonnets] is one of such very works in which an important set of notions, activated from below the level of conscious stylization, turns out to be fully coherent with conceptualizations developed much later by sociology and cultural anthropology. In particular, an initiatory aspect of the Crimean cycle can be precisely described in the technical terms of anthropology and sociology of knowledge. The central position of "Ałuszta w dzień" [Alushta by Day] in this study corresponds to the key role of this sonnet in relation to the entire cycle. Although the method adopted does not question the historical-literary conventions of research discourse, it offers an extension of the semiotic perspective. Among the effective, however side-effect, results of this approach lies the reformulation of the problem of the relationship between the writing practice of romanticism and folklore.

  • Page Range: 187-215
  • Page Count: 29
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish