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Toward the Siberian Diaspora: ‘Images of Nomadic Life’ in the 1860s

Author(s): Dawid Maria Osiński
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, 19th Century
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Siberia; cognition; dislocation; Polish migrants; memoirs
Summary/Abstract: The author discusses the question of the Siberian experience as an important factorin understanding the identity of Siberia as a specifi c geopolitical space. On the example ofdiaries, letters, and memoirs of several dozen Siberians and studies by Agaton Giller, EugeniuszŻmijewski, but also Michał Gruszecki and Ludwik Niemojowski, the author scrutinizes thephenomenon of this historical, political, geographical, ethnographical, cultural, but alsometaphorical ‘dislocation’. The article discusses the importance of shift in focus showing Siberianot as a sign of martyrdom, trauma, and an ‘unwritten page’, but as a space which was treated asan example of political, social and cultural movement, the space of increasing civilization system,and ethnogeographical enclave. The author tries to explain how the Polish journalist, publicistand reporters understood Siberia as a space of self-increasing, and in what way writing aboutthe ‘images of nomadic life’ in the 1860s is helpful to understanding the value of self-discipline,freedom, non-martyrdom cognition and being a political migrant.

  • Page Range: 104-122
  • Page Count: 18
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish