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From Modern Theory to a Poetics of Experience

Polish Studies in Literary History and Theory


Edited By Grzegorz Grochowski and Ryszard Nycz

The volume From Modern Theory to a Poetics of Experience contains a wide selection of essays, which were published during past decades in academic journal Teksty Drugie and were widely appreciated as significant contributions to the ongoing debate on principles and methods of literary studies. Articles gathered in this collection represent the main schools, tendencies and perspectives applied in contemporary criticism, including the most recent developments and the older traditions, which previously influenced our field. Their chronological succession seems to indicate certain direction of this development, which has moved literary studies from text-oriented, purely scientific procedures to more contextualized, interpretative approaches, labeled here as «poetics of experience».
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Comparative Cultural Studies: Interpretation and Existence


Andrzej Hejmej

Pro and Contra

For innumerable reasons, there is no possible diagnosis of the state of contemporary literature today than one of critique. This is self-evident and familiar to those in the humanities around the world; in fact, “dealing with the problem of” comparative studies – whether from a merely skeptical point of view or from a perspective of outright opposition to any type of comparative project – is now universal, and in some circles, even fashionable. In reality, of course, attacks on comparative studies have been attempted since the turn of the twentieth century, the best example being Benedetto Croce’s critical piece “La ‘letteratura comparata.’”1 As the end of the twentieth century drew near, there came more and more frequent fully justifiable assertions of either the tendentiousness of comparative literature or its lack of methodology2 and the generally haphazard nature of comparative work3 (with time people even stopped talking about comparative studies as a “method of method” or metaliterary studies), and then (finally) there came the twilight of “traditional” comparativism.4

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