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From Modern Theory to a Poetics of Experience

Polish Studies in Literary History and Theory


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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From a Poetics of Space to a Politics of Place: The Topographical Turn in Literary Studies



Elżbieta Rybicka

Spatial Turn or Topographical Turn?

The overabundance of so-called “turns” in the humanities today may lead rapidly to a kind of inflation or, as some suggest, to treading water, or to simply ending up back where we started. With those most recent shifts – the cultural turn, the iconographic turn, the performance turn – we are dealing not so much with temporary successors as we are with simultaneity and mutual influences. Of these, the most problematic in the Polish context appears to be the spatial/topographical turn. In fact, neither of those two variants has been firmly established or even attempted widely yet in Polish terminology, and the status of the turn itself could be called into question. Magdalena Marszałek, for example, finds the notion of a topographical turn debatable:

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