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Avisacja, czyli ptaki Józefa Mackiewicza
Birds in Józef Mackiewicz’s Works

Author(s): Adam Fitas
Subject(s): Semiology, Social Philosophy, Polish Literature, Human Ecology, Hermeneutics
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Józef Mackiewicz; birds; nature; human; ideology;

Summary/Abstract: Józef Mackiewicz’s representations of nature frequently include birds, which play a variety of artistic roles. Fitas discusses the most memorable instances of this key motif by exploring Mackiewicz’s journalistic and novelistic works, in particular his novella Faux- -pas ciotki Pafci [Auntie Pafcia’s Faux-pas]. Birds appear as a clear pars pro toto of nature, and they point to the tension between the natural and the human in the real twentiethcentury world, dominated as it is by politics and ideology. Although this article is based on a traditional structural methodology, Fitas concludes by suggesting ways in which it could offer a point of departure for future studies based on modern methodologies (e.g. ecocriticism, the natural and the human in Walter Benjamin or Giorgo Agamben).

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 221-234
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish