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Zofia Kossak w kręgu Sienkiewiczowskich tematów kresowych
Zofia Kossak in the circle of Sienkiewicz’s Kresy themes

Author(s): Zdzisława Mokranowska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt at pinpointing differences and similarities in ways of shapingthe images of Eastern Borderlands (Kresy) of the old Republic of Poland in novelsby Henryk Sienkiewicz and in Zofia Kossak’s prose. The thesis undertaken in the paperis justified merely by the fact that Stanisław Cat-Mackiewicz dubbed the authoress ofThe Crusaders “the Sienkiewicz’s daughter”. As a matter of fact, it also expresses, rathercommon in literary criticism, inclination to compare both types of historical writing, forinstance because of placing the plots of the novels in turbulent 17th century or similarways of their characters’ entanglement in historical events. Yet, differences between bothnovelistic worlds easily balance the similarities. Both writers are enthralled by Romantictradition of Kresy description as well as clearly defined emotional attitude to those places,which nonetheless is of the various origins. In the case of the authoress of Conflagrationit is directly biographical imperative. To Sienkiewicz, on the other hand, the image ofKresy emerges form his artistic imagination and from the readings of the literary as wellas historical texts. The next element which differentiates and in some aspects makes theworks of both authors resemble is their philosophy of history. The interest in history andthe knowledge of it as well as literary predilection for the genre of historical novel donot result for the author of The Trilogy and Zofia Kossak in a similar manner of artisticcreation. What is characteristic for the writings of Kossak is her indication of historicalevents’ mechanisms and a constant will to gain the parenetic content out of it. Notwithstanding,the Sienkiewicz’s “moralizing” is of a more intricate nature.

  • Page Range: 15-29
  • Page Count: 15
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish