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The Language of Polish Modernism


Ryszard Nycz

This book debunks the myth of Polish Modernist literature as rooted in rash, immediate expression. The author compares programmatic statements on language by turn-of-the-century writers such as Wacław Berent, Bolesław Leśmian, Stanisław Brzozowski or Karol Irzykowski with notions deduced from their literary works. He demonstrates that these writers’ linguistic self-consciousness informs their implicitly self-reflexive texts and sheds light on their values and characteristic qualities. The author treats Modernist literature itself as a sort of «language» – a distinct entity that emerged through systematic differentiation within the general literary discourse. The book enhances the understanding of the transformations behind this important philosophical and artistic movement.

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Adorno, Theodor W., Sztuka i sztuki, Wybór esejów, przeł. K. Krzemień-Ojak, red. K. Sauerland, Warszawa 1990

Barthes, Roland, The Rustle of Language, transl by R. Howard, Oxford 1986

Baudoin de Courteney, J.N., O języku polskim, oprac. J. Basara, M. Szymczak, Warszawa 1984

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