Around the World in 33 Articles?
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The aim of this paper is to review the volume on Faces of Worldliness (Literatura polska w świecie. Tom IV. Oblicza światowości). The volume defines the worldliness of Polish in three ways: firstly, as the presence of Polish literature in foreign context; secondly, as the way in which Polish literature constitutes a part of world literature; and thirdly, as works by Polish authors created outside the country. The whole book is composed according to this division into three main parts. The paper shows the main topics and approaches taken up by the authors of the articles and aims at evaluating their concurrence with the chapter’s main ideas. However, although in general the volume should be evaluated as highly informative and well-composed, it certainly lacks a binding idea that would allow to see Faces of Worldliness as one cohesive structure. Also, the author points to the fact that some key issues (“the world,” “Polish literature”) remain undefined in the volume.
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