Gombrowicz, Polish Modernism, and the Subversion of Form
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Purdue University Press
Series: Comparative Cultural Studies
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The Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz, while as central a figure to Polish literary modernism as Samuel Beckett or James Joyce are to English literature, remains relatively little known in the English-speaking world. This is in part the legacy of a wider Cold War-engendered undervaluation...
Chapter One: Polish Modernism and the Problematics of Form
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In order to evaluate the modernist aesthetic practices such as those of Gombrowicz that took place in independent Poland and more specifically to account for their singularity and intensity, it is necessary to sketch out briefly some of the vicissitudes of Polish history. For the purposes of this...
Chapter Two: Ferdydurke as Exemplary Symptomatology of and Resistance to (Polish) Modernity
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Gombrowicz's novel Ferdydurke, presents a demonic world of immaturity which, like the earlier novels by Witkacy such as Insatiability, is clearly also a symptomatology of modernity, interweaving philosophical speculations with parodic black humor and eroticism...
Chapter Three: The Performativity and Theatricality of Form in Gombrowicz's Theater and Postwar Novels
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In this chapter I discuss how form in the work of Gombrowicz is a dynamic concept and therefore intimately linked to theater and performativity. Several critics have argued that this "performativity of form" is not limited to his plays but pervades his entire work. In fact the very concept...
Chapter Four: Gombrowicz, Philosophy, and Culture
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While Gombrowicz never produced a conventional work of philosophy, his entire work is deeply engaged with the history of philosophy, particularly those currents leading to and beyond the philosophy of existentialism. Unlike Witkacy, who did actually produce such a work outlining...
Conclusion: Gombrowicz and the Subversion of Form
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My reading of Cosmos opens directly onto Gombrowicz's project of the subversion of form, a project that also characterizes the thought of Deleuze. It is perhaps as an acknowledgment of this resonance that Deleuze makes an extremely brief reference to Gombrowicz at the beginning...
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Page Count: 161
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Comparative Cultural Studies