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Cyprian Norwid and the History of Greece


Maciej Junkiert

Ancient Greek history holds a special place in the works of many 19th-c. writers. The same goes for Cyprian Norwid, one of the most eminent poets in the history of Polish literature, a thinker, and an artist. This book scrutinizes Norwid’s fascination with Greek history and culture, especially his peculiar synthesis of Greek thought and Christianity. It focuses on the key themes of the relationship of Platonism with early Christian writings and their presence in Norwid’s contemporary culture, the opposition of memory and history in 19th-c. literature and social life, and the image of the artist and its influence on social life in modern everyday. The book analyzes Norwid’s oeuvre in a broad comparison with representatives of French, German, and British literature and the humanities.

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Bibliographical Note

•“Sokratejskie drogi cywilizacji w prelekcjach paryskich Norwida,” first published in Polish in: Homo politicus. Polityczne aspekty literatury, języka, filmu i teatru, ed. M. Junkiert, A. Pytlewska, L. Marzec, P. Michalska, Poznań 2009, pp. 317–325.

•“Chrześcijański platonizm Norwida – rekonesans,” first published in Polish in: Podteksty 2009 (3).

•“Klasycyzm jako konieczna hipoteza lektury greckich utworów Słowackiego – zarys problemu,” first published in Polish in: Klasycyzm. Estetyka – Doktryna literacka – Antropologia, ed. K. Meller, Warszawa 2009, pp. 327–343.

•“W cieniu Rosji? Mit jedności grecko-słowiańskiej w twórczości Adama Mickiewicza,” first published in Polish in: Obraz Rosji w literaturze polskiej, ed. J. Fiećko, K. Trybuś, Poznań 2012, pp. 159–179.

Primary sources

•Mickiewicz A., Dzieła. Wydanie Rocznicowe 1798–1998, Vols. 1–17, Warszawa 1993–2005.

•Norwid C., Pisma wszystkie, Vols. 1–11, ed. J.W. Gomulicki, Warszawa 1971–1976.

•Norwid C., Pisma wybrane, Vols. 1–5, ed. J.W. Gomulicki, Warszawa 1968.

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