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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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Places of Autobiography: A Geopoetic Proposition


Małgorzata Czermińska

I propose distinguishing the category of autobiographical place for inquiry into phenomena situated at the limit between literature and geography, phenomena that require the use of not only the various tools of literary studies, but also those of anthropology, cultural studies, and humanist geography in order to be described. Strictly speaking, I am concerned with the junction of the writer’s life and work, the latter broadly defined as the set of all extant statements of a given author, i.e., works traditionally included in the category of literature along with journalism, private notes, statements recorded on tape or on film, and also works in other media, if the author did any such works. I remain convinced that the hypothesis that researching the entire, collected oeuvre of a single author is ontologically justified as well as fruitful for scholarship. The idea of distinguishing autobiographical place rests precisely on such an assumption with regard to the author, in relation to his biography, and taking into account the perspective of geopoetics. The elements constituting autobiographical place may be concentrated in one work, essentially dedicated to the theme of localization in space, but they may also be scattered throughout different texts, supplementing or transforming the initial vision of the place in turn. In spite of the multiplicity of possible literary forms, autobiographical place must always refer to a toponymically defined territory known from the writer’s biography. The reader may have his own access to that territory, independent...

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