ISBN-13: 9783631801505 / Twarda / 2020 / 234 str.
The book contains essays on the heterogeneity of Polish Romantic literature and its links with Europe's cultural heritage. The essays deal with, among other topics, the idea of beauty and truth, correspondences between the arts, the role of tradition and memory in the Romantic era, and the significance of mysticism and irony. The authors of the essays write about such seemingly distant issues as music and revolution in Chopin's times, and travel to places as disparate as Siberia and Italy. Their thematically diverse reflections are linked by questions they pose about the romantic roots of today's Europe. The works of Mickiewicz and other Romantic poets discussed in this book thus clearly do not concern merely the past, but also speak to the present day, describing the experiences of everyday life in its various dimensions.
The book shows the heterogeneity of Polish Romanticism, which is often unfairly narrowed in its reception abroad to the issue of nationality. The authors focus on the history of Poland and Russia in the nineteenth century, but also address aesthetic problems concerning the ideas of truth and beauty, irony and mysticism, and the role of tradition.