The Hero of History and the Hero of Existence in the 1860s Prose of Teodor Tomasz Jeż Cover Image
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Bohater historii i bohater egzystencji w twórczości prozatorskiej Teodora Tomasza Jeża z lat 60. XIX wieku
The Hero of History and the Hero of Existence in the 1860s Prose of Teodor Tomasz Jeż

Author(s): Wiesław Ratajczak
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, 19th Century
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: romantic existence; hero of history; historical novel; morality and war; individualism
Summary/Abstract: The hero of history and the hero of existence are particularly important fi gures inthe novels of Teodor Tomasz Jeż written in the 1860s. The writer analyzed and tested romanticideas in his biography and in his works. He asked, among other things, whether involvement inthe struggle for independence could become the most important criterion for assessing humanbehaviour, justifying all iniquities?Is a moral fall of a man an inevitable consequence of his resignation from political andsocial activity? How to get a fragile balance between privacy and history? Because of the manysided,credible depictions of the deep human experiences involved in historical processes, Jeżearned the position of one of the most important writers of his time. His work is an example ofthe dislocation of romantic ideas into a new context of ideas and human experiences.

  • Page Range: 204-213
  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish