Ach, ten „tiomnyj morok cyganskich piesien...” ) – o uwiedzionych przez rosyjski romans cyganski
OH, THAT “TËMNYJ MOROK CYGANSKICH PESEN... [DARK GLOOM OF GIPSY SONGS...]” (ALEXANDER BLOK). ON THE BEGUILED BY RUSSIAN GIPSY ROMANCE
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The study is devoted to the problems connected with the “gipsy theme” in Polish literature and culture at the turn of 19th and 20th c. and in the interwar period. It presents the results of research in the presence of Russian gipsy romance in Polish popular culture as well as shows its reception in Polish literary and musical criticism. The author also ponders over the phenomenon of connection between gipsy singing and Russian culture, over the Russian-gipsy emotionality fascination recorded in the romance and, in consequence, over Polish Russophobia. The present study deals also with the role and function of the gipsy themes present in Polish interwar poetry (K. Wierzynski, K. I. Galczynski, J. Tuwim, J. Czechowicz, and others). It analyses the literary pictures of a Gipsy, Romany women, the motifs of gipsy singing, references to gipsy nomadism, and gipsy magic.
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