Geografia i kolekcja. O inflanckim doświadczeniu Józefa Weyssenhoffa
Geography and Collection. Józef Weyssenhoﬀ’s Experience of Livonia
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The article analyzes the manuscript recovered in Lithuania which is a personal accountof Józef Weyssenhoﬀ’s trip throughLivoniaat theend of the nineteenth century. Józef Weyssenhoﬀ (1860–1932), the famous novelist and renowned “bard” of the landed gentry tradition, never recanted his Polish-Livonian roots. Thanks to his collector’s eﬀorts we can now enjoy the invaluable documents on the history of the Weyssenhoﬀ family. As his biography suggests Weyssenhoﬀ’s travelling back to his homeland was inﬂuenced by something more than his intrinsic curiosity and collector’s passion. The author of the article investigates the signiﬁcance of geography and enquires whether by reading these notes we can evaluate the writer’s attachment to the autobiographical place and whether the old Polish Livonia is a place of ancestors. Finally, the author identiﬁes the function of emotions and senses in this personal creation and traces these planes of reference in the poetics of the text.
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