Stanislaw Brzozowski and the Migration of Ideas

Transnational Perspectives on the Intellectual Field in Twentieth-Century Poland and Beyond

As a writer, critic, and philosopher, Stanisław Brzozowski (1878–1911) left a lasting imprint on Polish culture. He absorbed virtually all topical intellectual trends of his time, adapting them for the needs of what he saw as his primary mission: the modernization of Polish culture. The essays of the volume reassess and contextualize Brzozowski's writings from a distinctly transnational vantage point. They shed light on often surprising and hitherto underrated affinities between Brzozowski and intellectual figures and movements in Eastern and Western Europe. Furthermore, they explore the presence of his ideas in twentieth-century century literary criticism and theory.

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Table of Contents

    Seiten 5 - 6
  3. On Brzozowski's Presence and Absence in Poland and Beyond

    Seiten 7 - 20

    "Sounding out idols": Brzozowski and Strindberg as Nietzsche Readers

    Seiten 23 - 38
  5. "Ibsen! Oh, let us not invoke this name in vain!" Brzozowski's Ibsen Not-quite-read

    Seiten 39 - 56
  6. Stanisław Brzozowski and Die Neue Zeit

    Seiten 57 - 76
  7. Les Déracinés: Brzozowski and Barrès

    Seiten 77 - 106
  8. The Cult of Will and Power: Did Brzozowski Inspire Ukrainian Nationalism?

    Seiten 107 - 132
  9. Brzozowski and Cioran: The Legend of Young Poland and The Transformation of Romania

    Seiten 133 - 138
  10. Brzozowski and the Italians

    Seiten 139 - 158
  11. Brzozowski and Rorty: Coping with the Contingent Self

    Seiten 159 - 184

    Stanisław Brzozowski and Romantic Revision (Meyer Howard Abrams, Northrop Frye, Harold Bloom): Prolegomena

    Seiten 187 - 208
  13. Brzozowski as Precursor to Contemporary Studies on Cyprian Norwid's Legacy

    Seiten 209 - 236
  14. Brzozowskianism: The Trouble with the "Great" Brzozowski and His Followers

    Seiten 237 - 248
  15. "…actually speaking, this man converted me": Jerzy Liebert, Brzozowski, and the Question of a Modern Religous Poetry

    Seiten 249 - 272
  16. Stanisław Brzozowski as Harbinger and Enabler of Modern Literary Theory in Poland and the West

    Seiten 273 - 302
  17. The Stalinist Reception of Stanisław Brzozowski's Philosophy: The Case of Paweł Hoffman

    Seiten 303 - 320
  18. Brzozowski and the Question of Engagement: On a Different Concept of the Autonomy of Art

    Seiten 321 - 338
  19. Brzozowski or Plots of the Future

    Seiten 339 - 350
  20. Epilogue

    Seiten 351 - 358
  21. Contributors

    Seiten 359 - 360
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5 February 2019, 362 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4641-2

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Jens Herlth

Jens Herlth, Université de Fribourg, Schweiz

Edward M. Swiderski

Edward M. Swiderski, Université de Fribourg, Schweiz

1. Why did you choose this topic?

Brzozowski is a key-figure in twentieth-century Polish intellectual history. As an obsessive reader, he dealt with literally every cutting-edge trend in early twentieth-century European intellectual life, claiming Poland's right to be part of the project of modernity. We were wondering whether this was only a one-way street or if Brzozowski's creative reworkings of Marxism, syndicalism, and philosophy of life did or at least could have had an impact on what was going on outside Poland.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

Our book sheds light on contexts that have been largely ignored so far. It is about Brzozowski's indirect involvement in the history of what we know today as ›Russian Formalism‹, about his presence in the polemics of Ukrainian intellectuals in the Interwar period, about the surprising degree of convergence between Brzozowski and Maurice Barrès, Emil Cioran, or Richard Rorty – to name just a few of the topics.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

The case of Brzozowski is of particular interest for anyone interested in the transnational and trans-imperial intellectual field of early twentieth-century East-Central Europe – a region that spawned a broad range of currents that marked the history of philosophy, literary criticism, and social anthropology in the decades to come. Brzozowski's observations on the performativity of the reading act and his focus on the relationship between reading and the creation of communities are still of relevance today.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Andrzej Walicki.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

This book reveals hidden paths and hitherto neglected contexts in twentieth-century Polish philosophy, literary theory and criticism.

Jens Herlth / Edward M. Swiderski (eds.)
Book title
Stanislaw Brzozowski and the Migration of Ideas Transnational Perspectives on the Intellectual Field in Twentieth-Century Poland and Beyond
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung, 2 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
LIT004110 HIS054000 HIS010010
Release date
5 February 2019
Kulturgeschichte, Literatur
Literary studies, Polish Studies, East European History, Intellectual History
Stanisław Brzozowski, Polish Intellectual History, Literary Criticism In 20th Century Poland, Literary Theory, Literature, Cultural History, Slavic Studies, Eastern European History, Cultural Studies, Literary Studies

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