„Additions in Prose” in Editions of Śpiewy historyczne by Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz Cover Image
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„Dodatki prozą” w edycjach Śpiewów historycznych Juliana Ursyna Niemcewicza
„Additions in Prose” in Editions of Śpiewy historyczne by Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz

Author(s): Małgorzata Chachaj
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The subject of considerations in this article is the editorial history of the „additions in prose” to Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz’s Śpiewy historyczne, published in 1816. The first three editions, prepared in cooperation with the author, allow us to argue that historical commentaries constitute an integral part of this collection. However, next editors did not always include this constituent of the editorial framwework. One of the reasons for their decisions was Joachim Lelewel’s review, in which he expressed criticisms about Niemcewicz’s faithfulness to historical truth in that volume. As early as in 1835, the editor decided to include that review in his edition of Śpiewy historyczne in order to correct the author’s inaccuracies. In later editions, we can also note other practices: changing the alternate arrangement of songs and additions in prose, as used by the author, and replacing it with the division into two distinctintly separated parts, the omission of Niemcewicz’s historical comments (as outdated or due to economic considerations) and replacing them with other explanatory notes. Recalling these editions leads the author to the conclusion about the need for a new, critical edition of Śpiewy historyczne.

  • Page Range: 273-292
  • Page Count: 20
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: Polish