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„Za, a nawet przeciw”, czyli parę uwag i pytań o palimpsestowość miejsc i przestrzeni
“For, or even against”, or some remarks and questions about the palimpsestness of places and spaces

Author(s): Elżbieta Dutka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article reflects on the semantic range of the term palimpsest with particular attention to the aspect of palimpsest character of places. The author analyses old and recent ways of using these figures in scientific reflection and literary work (e.g. in ancient rhetoric and contemporary urban studies, in the strand of small homelands and in post‑memorial narratives about the Holocaust). This review becomes a fundament to formulating remarks about the palimpsest as an instrument for describing textual relations, but also as a metaphor for contemporary cultural awareness. Referring to the context of changes in the humanities (cultural theory of literature, new historism, spatialturn, discussions on glocalisation and transculturalism), the researcher mainly highlights the questions and doubts that arise in this connection. They lead to modification of the ways of understanding the term palimpsest or even replacing it with such terms as collage, hybrid, patchwork, which in many respects seem to better adhere to contemporary spatial experiences.

  • Page Range: 17-32
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish