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A Different Reading of Marcel Schwob’s “La Croisade des enfants” (“The Children’s Crusade”) and Jerzy Andrzejewski’s “Bramy raju” (“The Gates of Paradise”)

Author(s): Wacław Forajter
Subject(s): Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Marcel Schwob's “La Croisade des enfants“; Jerzy Andrzejewski's “Bramy raju“; M. Foucault’s concept of "pastoral power"

Summary/Abstract: The study analyses a peculiar connection between “La Croisade des enfants“ (“The Children’s Crusade“) and “Bramy raju“ (“The Gates of Heaven“), and shows their contexts, being a differentiated historiographic and literary accounts about the 13th children pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The first part of the paper discusses the poetics of “The Children’s Crusade“ and Schwob’s creative technique, e.g. perspective of capturing the reality and a new quasi-messianic project of history writing. In the second one, the author focuses on disclosing the problems of “The Gates of Heaven“ through the prism of Michel Foucault’s concept of “pastoral power,” Giorgio Agamben’s notion of profanation, and gender theory. The subject of interest in the third part is so far unpublished Andrzejewski’s homosexual notes, seen by Andrzejewski himself as seminal for understanding the novel’s ideological significance.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 97-131
  • Page Count: 35
  • Language: Polish