Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Misteria Czasu by Jolanta Wróbel-Best

One of the most interesting Polish writers of the turn of the last century was Taduesz Miciński (1873-1918). He was part poet, part mystic, and part advocate of the Polish soul.  He anticipated the ideas of Expressionism and Surrealism in Polish literature.  W mrokach zlotego palacu, czyli Bazilissa Teofanu (In the Darkness of the Golden Palace or Bazilissa Teofanu) is regarded as one of the best artistic works by Micinski (1909).

Scholar Jolanta Wróbel-Best's study of his philosophy and works and their relationship to Henri Bergson's metaphysics will surely increase Miciński's reputation.

Here's a brief description of Professor Wróbel-Best's book:

Misteria czasu.  Problematyka temporalna Taduesza Micińskiego (The Mystery of Time.  The Idea of Temporality by Tadeusz Micinski) by Jolanta Wróbel-Best, Kraków: Universitas Publishing House, 2012 (In Polish).

This interdisciplinary book connects philosophy and literature, and it is composed of two supplementary parts. The first part includes six analytical chapters debating various ways of creating concrete poetical images of time in the Polish/European literature of the XIX/XX centuries.  The second, synthetic part exposes the union between Tadeusz Micinski's (1873-1918) concept of time and Henri Bergson's (1859-1941) metaphysics

The book examines time in a preliminary way as a thematic category (according to the definition of Jean-Paul Richard, a representative of the school of French thematic critique).  This examination leads to the philosophy of time which is closely related to Bergson’s ideas of the heterogeneous duration and intuition.  Thus, time will be tightly connected with the bearings of memory, mind, soul or self, and the endurance of “elan vital.”  It also introduces the issues of anthropology.  In conclusion, the book probes Bergson’s impact on European literary (post)modernity.  In addition, it formulates a fundamental question: “Does Bergsonism exist in the Polish symbolic drama of the XIX/XX centuries?”

The book is available through the publisher.  Click here.  


Jolanta Wrobel Best received her PhD in the Humanities (Literature, Philosophy) from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and subsequently served as an assistant professor there.  Her current experience includes a faculty appointment at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas, a correspondent position for CKCU Literary News at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and cooperation with "Ruch Literacki" of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow, Poland.  She is the author of a book and about twenty scholarly articles.  Works in progress include a book on comparative literature and a book on Levinas’s philosophy.  She participates in academic societies such as the American Philosophical Association (APA), the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), the International Institute for Hermeneutics (IIH), and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA).  In November, she is scheduled to present her paper on Polish literature and the history of ideas as well as to chair a panel discussion on Slavic studies at the 2012 ASEEES Convention in New Orleans, LA.  She appears in the 2012 Edition of Who's Who in America by Marquis. 

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