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Między prywatnym a publicznym. Modele powieści w polskiej krytyce literackiej lat 60. XIX wieku
Between the Private and the Public. The Novel Models in Polish Literary Criticism in the 1860s

Author(s): Tomasz Sobieraj
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, Polish Literature, 19th Century
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: novel; novel theory; realism; history; privacy
Summary/Abstract: The article focuses on a few theoretical models of the Polish novel which were formulatedin the 1860s. Their authors were: Lucjan Tatomir, a historian and a geographer, and well knownwriters, Jan Zachariasiewicz and Józef Ignacy Kraszewski. All of them regarded the novel as themost important genre in contemporary literature. Tatomir, for instance, supported the novel ofpurpose which, in his opinion, ought to have a social or a political aim. Kraszewski, the mostinfl uential Polish novelist and theorist of the novel, consequently advocated realism in literature.In most of his novels, published in the sixties, he endeavoured to relate private life of heroes tosocial and political contexts of Polish history. Kraszewski claimed that his novels were basicallyfounded upon reality and represented both public and private human experience.

  • Page Range: 386-403
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish