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2005 | 3(93) | 17-26

Article title

WITOLD GOMBROWICZ, NATURE VS. CULTURE

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PL

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Gombrowicz's relations with the Nature have always been pretty tense, and beset with paradoxes. First, he mocked at Enlightenment-Romanticist stereotypes of displaying the Nature; in biology, he saw a destructive power, undermining the structure of Culture. Then, he would put an emphasis on attempts at finding an understanding between the 'human' and the 'non-human', be it via a simple 'glance' (a cow in an eucalyptus alley), a community of shared pain that unifies all the living beings, up to plaiting (as in 'Kosmos') a metaphysical world order with one being built upon excesses of a libido, which has been generated within the Nature's sphere. The further up we go, the Gombrowicz vs. Nature relationship becomes more and more complex, culminating in 'Operetka' (Operetta) where Albertynka, naked, a symbol of natural beauty and charm, gets pregnant with the memory of a 'Nature's scandal': 'ugliness of the body that's growing old'.

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17-26

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ARTICLE

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  • J. Jarzebski, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, ul.Golebia 24, 31-007 Krak√≥w, Poland

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CEJSH db identifier
05PLAAAA00441090

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bwmeta1.element.89711244-6219-3d36-ba39-57b2fbec2bdb
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