„The stolen East?

Wschód porwany ? Obraz westernizującej się Polski w eseistyce Wiktora Jerofiejewa i Andrzeja Stasiuka
„The stolen East?" The image of Poland being westernized in the essays of Victor Erofeev and Andrzej Stasiuk

Author(s): Anna Stryjakowska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie
Keywords: Victor Erofeev; Andrzej Stasiuk; Eastern Europe; westernization; European Identity;

Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt of comparative analysis of selected essays by Victor Erofeev andAndrzej Stasiuk. One of the factors uniting their work is the vision of Central-Eastern Europe asa region which has been losing its genuineness due to the expansion of the Western liberaldemocracy. In this context the uniting Europe turns out to be a dehumanised space of forcedcoexistence, having reached a deadlock owing to the hypertrophy of political correctness. In theoutlined circumstances Poland seems to be fully content with the role of peripheral consumer ofthe gains of late capitalism. Meanwhile Russia manages to save a distinctive identity and is thusbecoming an appropriate viewpoint on the westernized countries of „the new Europe”. An integralpart of the proposed analysis is a critical assessment of the writers’ narrative strategies, that provea deep connection to the own culture and an inability to completely overcome (auto)stereotypes reproduced by this culture.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: XXI
  • Page Range: 269-279
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish