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The Effect of Palimpsest

Culture, Literature, History


Bozena Shallcross and Ryszard Nycz

This volume, entitled The Effect of Palimpsest: Culture, Literature, History, undertakes the pioneering task of employing the notion of palimpsest in the multi-layered and changing cultural landscape specific to East Central Europe. The multifarious readings presented in the collection, which evolved from a 2009 conference at the University of Chicago, contribute to a critical reframing of the origins, history and theory of the concept of the palimpsest. Beyond being viewed as an epistemological metaphor, the palimpsest reveals its potential to generate and engage a complex network of complementary meanings. The essays included in this collection probe the palimpsest across the ages, as well as in a variety of genres, media, and cultural spheres in order to revise and redefine our present understanding of the concept and its instantiations.
Contents: Bożena Shallcross/Ryszard Nycz: An Editorial Preamble – Ryszard Nycz: The Palimpsest and the Spiderweb: Two Dimensions ot the Textualisation of Experience – Justyna Beinek: Inscribing, Engraving, Cutting: The Polish Romantic Album as Palimpsest – Colleen McQuillen: Reading Dostoevsky’s «Gentle Spirit»: Piotr Dumała’s Kinesthetic Palimpsest and the Politics of Artistic Appropriation – Malynne Sternstein: Christ’s Trials of NATO, or, Graffiti as a Spoliating Palimpsest? – Alfred Thomas: A Stranger in Prague: Writing and the Politics of Identity in Apollinaire, Kafka, and Camus – Tamara Trojanowska: Performing Urban Palimpsest: City, History, and the Perils of Abundance – Michał Paweł Markowski: Wiping Out: The Palimpsest, the Subject, and the Art of Forgetting – Agata Bielik-Robson: The Psychic Palimpsest: Freud, Derrida and Bloom on the Textual Metaphor of the Soul – Julia Vaingurt: Indelible Inscriptions: Rewriting the Self in Mandelstam’s «The Egyptian Stamp» – Danuta Ulicka: Who is the Author? – Bożena Karwowska: The Holocaust Story as a Palimpsest: The Case of The Woman Passenger – Jack Hutchens: Transgressions: Palimpsest and the Destruction of Gender and National Identity in Tokarczuk’s Dom dzienny, dom nocny – Karen Underhill: Writing in the Third Language: On the Space between Sacred and Profane in Gershom Scholem and Jacqes Derrida – Hanna Gosk: Polish Post-dependent Palimpsests: A Reading of Tadeusz Konwicki and Dorota Masłowska’s Novels from the Postcolonial Perspective – George Gasyna: Narrative as Transgression in Witold Gombrowicz’s Kosmos and Michel Houellebecq’s Les particules élémentaires – Tomasz Bilczewski: The Effect of Translation: Palimpsest, Hybrid, and Afterlife – Clare Cavanagh: Polishness as Palimpsest: Czesław Miłosz and the Language of Paradise – Joanna Trzeciak: Self-Translation as Palimpsest in Nabokov’s Despair – Paweł Mołcicki: Palimpsest of the Century: Aleksander Wat and the Quest for Utopia.