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Leszka Kołakowskiego eksperymenty z Beckettem
Leszek Kołakowski’s Experiment with Beckett

Author(s): Żaneta Nalewajk
Subject(s): Polish Literature
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Leszek Kołąkowski’s stage piece “System księdza Jensena albo Wejście i wyjście (The System of Jensen the Priest or Entry and Exit)”; Samuel Beckett’s play “Waiting for Godot”

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to present the mode in which the Polish philosopher and writer Leszek Kołakowski in his stage piece “System księdza Jensena, albo Wejście i wyjście. Farsa w dwóch aktach naśladowana z różnych autorów, nieoryginalna. Polemika optymistyczna z Beckettem (The System of Jensen the Priest, or Entry and Exit. Farce in Two Acts Imitated after Many Authors, Unoriginal),” originally published in “Dialogue” no. 6, 1965, refers to the Irish author’s literary creativity. Experimenting with it, the Polish writer quotes Beckett’s most crucial temporal categories such as waiting, non-accomplishment, repetition, boredom, and change. The researcher also discusses the literary consequences of common to both writers predilection for parodying and/or travestying well known philosophers’ views. She furthermore proves that the main aim of Kołakowski’s experiment with Beckett’s output was to deride such worldview proposals which are detached from experience and filled with optimism and belief in justice and progress, not a mere polemics with the author of “Happy Days” as signaled in the title of the stage piece in question.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 41-48
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish