The Story of One Annotation Stanisław Kostka Potocki on Life in the City Cover Image
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Historia jednego przypisu Stanisław Kostka Potocki o życiu w mieście
The Story of One Annotation Stanisław Kostka Potocki on Life in the City

Author(s): Aleksandra Norkowska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The subject of this article is the annotation that Stanisław Kostka Potocki included in the manuscript of his translation of the treatise Discours sur les sciences et les arts by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1750/1751?). The author of the article is interested in the usage of the term „urbanity” in the Polish translation of the text so relevant for the philosophical thought of the Enlightenment for at least two reasons: the accuracy of translation and evaluation of the urban way of life perfomed by Potocki-the translator. The author discusses Potocki’s commentary added to the translation in the context of his decision to replace the French word urbanité with the Polish equivalent – „miejskość” [urbanity]. She shows the translator’s decision at the backdrop of the Enlightenment vision of the city supported by Rousseau’s philosophy and Polish physiocratism, as well as contemporary connotations of the term proposed by the eighteen-century author.

  • Page Range: 233-243
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish