Full-text resources of CEJSH and other databases are now available in the new Library of Science.
Visit https://bibliotekanauki.pl

PL EN


2005 | 3(93) | 79-90

Article title

WITOLD GOMBROWICZ'S COSMOS OF REPETITIONS

Title variants

Languages of publication

PL

Abstracts

EN
This essay intends to signal some most important examples of significant and meaningful repetitions in Gombrowicz's works - from 'Ferdydurke' through to 'Kosmos' - whilst, secondly, it also seeks to give evidence to that the repetition-related tricks from various tiers of the individual literary pieces get linked with each other in a well-thought-out, purposeful manner. In its first part, the article discusses the role of repetition in Gombrowicz's oeuvre, as Gombrowicz was aware of a philosophical meaning of the motif. He has himself pointed out to 'Slub' (The Marriage) as a play where repetition is an important element. Actually, the same is true for his 'Operetka' (Operette). In 'Dziennik' (The Journal), one finds a remark on Kierkegaard's repetition. Apart from the latter, for Gombrowicz, the most important philosophical contexts would include Nietzsche's 'eternal return' and its philosophical consequences in Heidegger; Bergson's concept of time; and, Freudian - or, in broader terms, psychoanalytical - approach of repetition as neurotic, compulsive behaviours where sexual drive and death drive find their expression. Repetition (re)appears amassed at any and all tiers of Gombrowicz's works: from doubling the sounds and syllables, through to repeated words and phrases, 'repetition' as a fiction theme or, at last, a meta-literary theme. In the prose, repetitions are strictly connected with the issue of mimesis. Repetitions appear in their rhetorical function in 'Trans-Atlantyk', whereas Gombrowicz would several times use his 'intensifying through repeating' method in The Journal. The role of repetition is essential as part of the intrigue or plot in all his novels, its significance growing gradually. In its second section, the essay focuses on interpreting 'Kosmos' from the standpoint of repetition as a category.

Year

Issue

Pages

79-90

Physical description

Document type

ARTICLE

Contributors

  • A. Czabanowska-Wrobel, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Instytut Polonistyki, ul. Golebia 16, 31-001 Krak√≥w, Poland

References

Document Type

Publication order reference

Identifiers

CEJSH db identifier
05PLAAAA00441088

YADDA identifier

bwmeta1.element.01f1efe5-e0c4-39a4-89ca-2bb876b58b61
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.