From certain point of view a desperate defense of an aesthetic doctrine of classicism, undertaken by Jan Śniadecki, a Polish mathematician and astronomer of the eighteenth century, resembles the E. R. Curtius’ thesis on “Latinism” as a universal factor integrating European culture; it may be stated that post-Stanislavian classical writers in Poland were driven by the same “concern for the preservation...
The study focuses on the tradition of the conversations among the dead in Cyprian Norwid’s works, especially in the poem Vendôme. While noting Norwid’s transformations of classical and classicist conventions, the author points to the mannerist and baroque contexts, and on the other hand, to ekphrastic qualities of Norwid’s literary imagination.
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