The Works of Marc Chagall in Polish Poetry (from the 1950s to the 1980s)

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Katarzyna Szewczyk-Haake

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The article presents a profound and artistically very successful phenomenon of the reception of Marc Chagall’s works in Polish poetry form the 1950s to the 1980s. Different from the reception of Chagall in other “Western” literatures (examples discussed in the article derive from French poetry), the Polish reception is marked first of all by the events of the Second World War and the Holocaust. As during the war almost all material and cultural traces of the Jewish presence in Poland were annihilated, the works of Chagall became a point of reference for many poets (e.g. Jerzy Ficowski, Joanna Kulmowa, Janusz S. Pasierb, Tadeusz Śliwiak), enabling them to express a part of Polish culture which was tragically deprived of its own forms of expression and existence.

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Szewczyk-Haake, K. (2021). The Works of Marc Chagall in Polish Poetry (from the 1950s to the 1980s). Porównania, 28(1), 71-99. https://doi.org/10.14746/por.2021.1.4
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Katarzyna Szewczyk-Haake, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Katarzyna Szewczyk-Haake: Graduate of Polish Studies (2002), PhD in the field of history of Polish literature (2006). Since 2018 she is a professor at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Areas of academic interest include comparative literature (especially in the realm of modern Polish and Scandinavian literature), intertextual relations between literature and fine arts, Kierkegaard’s legacy in twentieth-century European literature. Author of many books and scientific articles published in professional journals, e.g. Nowoczesna literatura etyczna. O twórczości Józefa Wittlina i Pära Lagerkvista, 2017 (Modern ethical literature. On the works by Józef Wittlin and Pär Lagerkvist, English translation in print), Kolce Grünewalda. Nie tylko o ekfrazach, 2018 (Grünewald’s thorns. Not only on the ekphrasis, Russian translation in print).E-mail: haaczyk@amu.edu.plORCID: 0000–0002–0160–035

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