A stronghold openning: house in the Kresy prose (basing on the Hutsulian epic by Stanisław Vincenz) Cover Image
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Otwieranie warowni – dom w prozie kresowej (na przykładzie epopei huculskiej Stanisława Vincenza)
A stronghold openning: house in the Kresy prose (basing on the Hutsulian epic by Stanisław Vincenz)

Author(s): Elżbieta Dutka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: In the paper there are outlined transformations of the Kresy discourse in Polish literature(from sacralization and mythologization to unmasking and demythologizationwithin confines of postcolonial studies). The author distinguishes various renderings ofone of the key motifs of this literary current – the motif of home – by describing borderlineposts, border households, cosmopolitan dwellings, and nestle-like as well as gravelikehomes in different writers’ works. Subsequently, having drawn such a background,the author presents her interpretation of the motif of home in the epic cycle On the HighPastures by Stanisław Vincenz. The article presents the analysis of the Krzyworówniamanor house’s and the Hutsulian grażda’s (folk cottage) descriptions. The juxtapositionoutlines both similarities and differences of the buildings in question. First of all, theinterpretation of the eponymous motif in the Hutsulian epic lets us perceive a characteristicevolution – from place that was closed (a stronghold) to a place open for othernessand encounters – which seems to be a gist of Vincenz’s anthropological and regionalisticbeliefs but also an important feature of the Kresy prose in general.

  • Page Range: 31-50
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Polish