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Tibor Žilka


The aim of this paper regarding Pavol Strauss‘ Literary Work in the Central European Context is to introduce Pavol Strauss as a man and a writer, who was with his heart and soul a Central European. He had a strong bound to this territory spatially and temporally. At first, he was chased as a Jew, later on in the age of 30 he converted into Catholic. During the period of Stalinism, they considered him a second-class citizen, and he was wrongly called the clero-fascists however he was a believing Catholic. He was literally active in the second half of the 1930s, when he published two poetic collections in German. His poems in German were influenced by avant-garde which he became in touch with in Prague – its literary atmosphere defined Pavol Strauss’ literary experiments and further orientation. When speaking of Prague, also think of Franz Kafka, Franz Werfel and, of course, Reiner Maria Rilke. From the literary point of view, Pavol Strauss with his literary essays reached the highest level along with famous authors (R. Musil, K. Kraus, H. Broch). For his 82 years long life, Pavol Strauss cured many patients and left rare books of a unique philosophical dimension.


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Žilka, T. (2019). PAVOL STRAUSS – A GENIUS OUTSIDER. Porównania, 23(2), 227-237.
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Tibor Žilka, Univerzita Konštantína Filozofa v Nitre

Prof. PhDr. DrSc. (born 1939) is a professor of Slovak Literature at the Institute of Central European Languages and Cultures at the Faculty of Central European studies, University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, Slovakia. He graduated from the Commenius University in Bratislava in 1962. He also studied at the Charles University in Prague. In the years 1993-1994, he was a visiting professor of Slovak Language at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, Hungary. Since year 1994 he has been a visiting professor at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Piliscsaba near Budapest, Hungary. He specializes in stylistics and semiotics, poetics and narratology. He wrote Poetický slovník (Poetic Dictionary) in Slovak, Bratislava 1984, II ed. 1987. In his scientific research, he is focused on the subject of postmodernism. Along the series of articles on this subject published in a Slovak magazine „Romboid” and in some other scholarly periodicals abroad (Austria, Poland, Hungary), he also published three books: Téma a štýl v postmodernizme (Theme and Style in Postmodernism), Nitra 1991; Text a posttext (Text and Post-Text), Nitra 1995, Postmoderná semiotika textu (Postmodern Semiotics of the Text’s), Nitra 2000. Some parts of these books were published in German as Modernismus und Postmodernismus (Nitra 1995). He is also the editor of the book Tracing Literary Postmodernism (Nitra 1998) published in English. He edited Literárny text v postmoderne (Literary Text in Postmodernism), Nitra 1994, and Textové podoby postmoderny (Textual Images of Postmodernism), Nitra 1996. He also wrote numerous articles on literary theory, semiotics and stylistics in Slovakia and abroad (Hungary, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and the countries of former Yugoslavia). His latest book is called Vademecum poetiky (Vademecum of Poetics, 2006 and 2011), and other monographs Dobrodružstvo teórie tvorby (Adventure of a Theory of Creation, 2015), Od intertextuality k intermedialite (From Intertextuality to Intermediality, 2015). 


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