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Witold Gombrowicz: Sceny w przestrzeni nieeuklidesowej
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic Languages.
2009 (Polish)In: Teksty drugie, ISSN 0867-0633, Vol. 3, no 116, 63-84 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article proposes a statement that Gombrowicz's imagination was 'geometric'. Two contemporary mathematical theories seem to be particularly useful for a reading of his early works, fragments of poetic prose of his 'Diary' and the novel 'Kosmos'. These include the crystallographic theory of 'tesselation', that is, regular division of the space, and the assumptions of non-Euclidean geometry, which, contradicting the primary intuitions on space, are devised for constructing models of infinity. The authoress compares Gombrowicz's prose against 'geometrical' prints of M.C. Escher, the artist who made use of, and developed, mathematical intuitions. Fragments of poetic prose and Kosmos were recently described as testimonies to eeriness, illegibility and decomposition of the world (Markowski, Neuger). The present article complements these characteristics by adding a paradoxical 'holistic' aspect derived from analysis of the way space is being built in those works.

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Warszawa: Wydawnictwo IBL PAN , 2009. Vol. 3, no 116, 63-84 p.
Keyword [en]
Gombrowicz, Witold, Escher, M.C., Polish Literature, Geometric Imagination
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
History of Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-36372OAI: diva2:289307
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