Paweł Huelle i Antonio Munoz Molina, Jerzy Franczak i Alejandro Cuevas – miejsce „ja” we współczesnej prozie hiszpańskiej i polskiej
Paweł Huelle & Antonio Munoz Molina, Jerzy Franczak & Alejandro Cuevas The Placing of the Subject in Contemporary Spanish and Polish Prose
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The paper focuses on the comparative literature’s theoretical possibilities and the traps of intertextual comparison as well as on the interpretative praxis of both Polish and Spanish contemporary prose. The comparative analysis shows the similarity between narrative strategies which can be found in two novelistic duos: The Last Supper by Paweł Huelle and The Polish Rider by Antonio Munoz Molina and, secondly, The Inhuman Comedy by Jerzy Franczak and Life is not an “Auto Sacramental” by Alejandro Cuevas. In all the aforementioned novels, space functions as a semantically significant reflection of the hierarchy of values to which the characters-narrators relate. Moreover, it reveals the dynamics of constant unification and the disruption of the “I” of the narrator, as well as of the intersections of cultural spaces, currents and areas of aesthetic and pragmatic experience. The paper also shows the generational change in the artistic use of the references to the past: Huelle (born 1957) and Munoz Molina (born 1956) do not renounce the exploration of the “I”, however, they frequently turn to historicism. On the contrary, Franczak and Cuevas, born in the 1970s, tend to treat the past solely as a pretext and always in the context of valorising the present. Each novel constitutes a multidimensional labyrinth in which space serves not only as a decoration, but also as a virtual link to various spheres of symbols, art (especially painting) and a network of literary allusions. Furthermore, all novels – more or less directly – touch upon the issue of the subject’s social and national status and of its cultural affiliation, thus engaging in a dialogue with the notion of national, global and European identity.
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