“Man Was a Bloody Beast Since Coming into the World” – on Modern Race of “Human Beasts” Cover Image
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„Człowiek był krwawym bydlęciem od przyjścia na świat” – o nowoczesnej rasie „ludzkich bydląt”
“Man Was a Bloody Beast Since Coming into the World” – on Modern Race of “Human Beasts”

Author(s): Ireneusz Gielata
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Le Bon; Konopnicka; biological races; Human Beasts

Summary/Abstract: The article, referring to the texts about crowd by Le Bon and Maria Konopnicka, presents the history of the modern subject who discovers wildness surrounding him. Recognizing wildness, the authors of the end of the 19th century reached for evolutionary logic, to be precise to the parameter of biological races treating the phenomenon of “crowd” as a sign of wildness. According to this logic, crowd became a kind of “desocialized horde” (Konopnicka), social “heap”, which was subject to temporary “regress”. Modern mind was then defined by street crowd through the discourse of natural sciences falling into an impassable aporia: lower – higher.

  • Issue Year: 462/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 11-21
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish