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On Cyprian Norwid. Studies and Essays

Vol. 1: Syntheses


Edited By Agata Brajerska-Mazur and Edyta Chlebowska

The book is the first volume of an extensive four-volume monograph devoted to the work of Cyprian Norwid (1821–1883), one of the most outstanding Polish authors. The impact of Norwid’s oeuvre does not fade, as he addresses fundamental and timeless issues, such as the moral and spiritual condition of man or his place in the world and history and seeks to answer universal questions. The book contains an extensive selection of contributions which represent different approaches to the poet’s work. They cover various areas of research, including interpretation, thematology, genology, and editing.

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Editor’s Notes


The articles collected in this publication comprise the four-volume monograph devoted to Cyprian Norwid’s oeuvre. They present a panorama of scholarly Norwidological thought in Poland, starting with the turn of the 19th century all the way up until today. The approaching 200th anniversary of the poet’s birth in 2021 constitutes an exceptional occasion and favourable circumstance for taking on such an initiative. The edition contains a comprehensive selection of original Polish articles, previously published in renowned literary research magazines and monographs; articles of unquestionable scholarly value, representing the most important currents and aspects of studies forming a synthesis of Norwidological achievements.

In publishing a monograph devoted to the works of Cyprian Norwid in the English language, we hope that this field of research, which is such an important element of Polish humanities studies, will be able to join international scholarly circulation. Studies on the oeuvre of Vade-mecum’s creator have attracted successive generations of researchers for more than a century, among whom we may find literary historians, linguists, cultural historians and fine art historians, as well as historians of ideas, theologians and researchers on translation. The revival of research activity has also long been accompanied by an unusually strong and lively current of Norwidian literature’s reception in contemporary Polish culture and literature. This status quo stems above all from the specificity of the poet’s works, which remain extremely relevant even today, and have not become – as is the case with the works of many 19th-century writers, even...

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