Jak terminowałem u Zbigniewa Raszewskiego
My Apprenticeship Under the Tutelage of Zbigniew Raszewski
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Professor Zbigniew Raszewski as a researcher and many-year editor of Pamiętnik Teatralny had a tremendous impact on the development of the Polish theatre studies, building their foundations and devising methodological principles and directives before theatrology gained university status in 1975. It had been a pretty long process, its progress marked with subsequent articles, studies and books by Raszewski and monographic issues of Pamiętnik Teatralny which at the beginning of the 1960s became a major centre of the Polish theatrological thought. Zbigniew Raszewski was an uncontested academic authority and an example of what a scholar should be. Many of his studies were groundbreaking and inspiring. Such was the case with the study Paradoks Wyspiańskiego (Wyspiański’s Paradox, 1957) whereby Raszewski argued that Wyspiański could be viewed as an innovator in the history of European theatre because he had conceived drama as a kind of theatre score. Another fundamental study of his was devoted to the concept of theatre score (1958) in which Raszewski explained why in theatre it was impossible to create something equivalent to the music score and then proposed that the concept be understood as the elements of drama structure and passages of text that are respected in every production without exception. The monographic issue of Pamiętnik Teatralny (vol. 1–3, 1959) devoted to Polish Romantic drama, up to that point considered closet drama, brought about another breakthrough. In his studies on the pieces by Mickiewicz and Słowacki, Raszewski showed conclusively that they were written with the stages of Paris and London in mind as both authors had been familiar with theatre houses in these cities and had consciously taken their staging and production capabilities into consideration. In the second part of the article, the author talks about his cooperation with Zbigniew Raszewski, quotes his letters relating to publishing the book Trudny Rebus. Studia i szkice z historii teatru (A Difficult Riddle. Studies and Sketches On Theatre History, 1990) and recalls his opinion about the Wiedza o Kulturze Publishing House, which, after Professor’s death, published an anthology that he had prepared, Sto przedstawień w opisach polskich autorów (A Hundred Performances Described By Polish Authors; withheld by the censor in 1972) and the volume Weryfikacja czarodzieja i inne szkice o teatrze (Magician’s Verification and Other Sketches On Theatre, 1998).
- J. Degler, „Piekło edytora”, czyli o listach Witkacego do żony, „Przestrzenie Teorii” 2010 z. 14, s. 13 –32.
- J. Degler, „Pismo teatralne” Stanisława Wyspiańskiego, [w:] Dramat i teatr. Piąta konferencja teoretycznoliteracka w Świętej Katarzynie, red. J. Trzynadlowski, Wrocław 1967.
- J. Degler, Problem dramatu historycznego w polskiej krytyce literackiej lat 1830–1848, „Prace Literackie” 1963 t. V, s. 27–66.
- Z. Raszewski, O teatralnym kształcie „Balladyny”, „Pamiętnik Teatralny” 1959 z. 1–2–3, s. 153–186.
- Z. Raszewski, Paradoks Wyspiańskiego, „Pamiętnik Teatralny” 1957 z. 3–4, s. 434–460.
- Z. Raszewski, Partytura teatralna, „Pamiętnik Teatralny” 1958 z. 3–4, s. 380–412.
- Z. Raszewski, Słowacki i Mickiewicz wobec teatru romantycznego, „Pamiętnik Teatralny” 1959 z. 1–2–3, s. 5–46.
- Z. Raszewski, Weryfikacja czarodzieja i inne szkice o teatrze, Wrocław 1998.
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