ItemWielogłosowość(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Krajewska, Anna ItemPerformatyka – teoria katastrof?(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Wojnowski, KonradThe author of Performatyka – teoria katastrof? [“Performance studies – the theory of catastrophes?”], which is a cross-sectional investigation into performance studies, tracks the trains of thought about catastrophes in different theories of performativity, ranging from J. L. Austin’s to Jon McKenzie’s ideas. Of particular interest is how particular theoreticians integrate the term ‘catastrophe’ into their conceptual frameworks and how they evaluate it. By criticizing the approach taken by Judith Butler, who postulates “melancholic performance studies”, which brings to mind Adorno’s idea that is explicated in Minima Moralia (traurige Wissenschaft), the author tries to show how we can productively use Austin’s theses that are presented in the first chapters of his famous How to Do Things with Words. In the author’s opinion, Austin allows us to approach communicational catastrophes from a different perspective, which is often forgotten, i.e. of the functioning of contextual systems. It is shown that the tension between felicity and infelicity may be at the core of the popularity of performativity which is understood as a tool for researching contemporary cultural phenomena. ItemW sarmackim teatrze życia (nie)codziennego(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Bąkowska, PatrycjaThe main purpose of this article is to show Old Polish literature and culture with regard to their performative aspects. By referring to Richard Schechner’s reflections, the author presents the Old Polish period “as a performance”. She focuses on issues such as time, space and behavior, which allows us to notice those activities of nobles that led to the formation of their personal and collective identity. An analysis of poems and diaries reveals different ways of creating one’s “self”. Various gestures and ceremonies as well as the skills that nobles developed through school education and socialization processes unified the Old Polish society, even though it was ethnically and religiously diverse. ItemLibretto jako (u)twór. Zagadnienia genologiczne i metodologiczne – zarys problematyki(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Walczak, JakubThis article deals with issues connected with defining the libretto in the light of genre classification and the function that libretti perform as part of musical compositions. Libretti, which are marginalized by both literary theory and musicological research, are considered to be dependent texts even though most libretti are compositionally complete and can be analyzed by using the concepts of literary theory. At the same time, although the libretto is not an independent genre, it has its own subgenres which are identified based on the subject matter, function and structural properties (e.g. tragedy, comedy and farce). ItemBene nati w interpretacji plastycznej Piotra Stachiewicza(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Imperowicz-Jurczak, MałgorzataThe author describes the underappreciated, artistically innovative illustrations that Piotr Stachiewicz created for a jubilee edition of Bene Nati, which had been issued to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Eliza Orzeszkowa’s work as a writer in 1891. The author emphasizes the variety of Stachiewicz’s illustrations which portray the novel’s storyline, dramatic and genre scenes, characters and a winter landscape. These differ in format as well as the way in which they are integrated into the text and in which the images’ borders, which perform an interpretive function, are treated. When a border is interrupted and an illustration encroaches on the space that was intended for text, this means overstepping the boundaries of the fictional world and entering the real world. A reference to Andriolli’s illustrations brings to mind the world that was created in Pan Tadeusz [Sir Thaddeus] and constitutes a form of Aesopian language. ItemPolska eseistyka o malarstwie i fotografii od 2. połowy XX wieku w świetle rozważań nad esejem jako formą (pisarstwa, poznania, doświadczania…)(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Lisak-Gębala, DobrawaContemporary Polish essays on paintings and photographs (by, e.g. Z. Herbert, G. Herling-Grudziński, W. Karpiński, J. Pollakówna, E. Bieńkowska, A. Olędzka-Frybesowa, and W. Nowicki) are juxtaposed with the personal essay which was invented by Montaigne. A wide range of commentaries, including ideas about this genre which were expressed by Th. W. Adorno, G. Lukács, and G. Douglas Atkins, provide a theoretical background for the analysis. Selected Polish texts are presented as artistic constructions that recreate the process of experiencing pictures and the movement of thoughts of the essayistic “self” which uses many disguises (e.g. a traveler, amateur, scholar and critic). A particular painting or photo, which is often artfully described by means of ekphrasis, is treated by essayists as a starting point for analyzing many broader issues as well as for indirect self-presentation. ItemLektura deiktyczna. Rozważania o dyskursie miłości oraz poetyce interpretacji(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Mastalski, Arkadiusz SylwesterThis article analyzes confessions of love from the perspective of communication – it shows the paradoxical character of such confessions and the disparity between this and other models of communication. By referring to the writings of Roland Barthes, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Jacques Derrida as well as papers dealing with cognitive linguistics and cognitive poetics, the article presents the interpretative consequences of deictic shifts (shifts in textual perspectives). ItemTransgresja i literatura(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Pertek, GrzegorzThe author of this article attempts to redefine the category of transgression. By preparing a preliminary typology of the existing uses of this concept, he puts forward the hypothesis that, on the one hand, transgression can be identified with (is synonymous with) going beyond the limit of something, and on the other hand, it can be equated with the constant conflict between its empirical and linguistic dimensions as well as its thematization and formalization. The author proposes to define transgression as the act of setting/removing a certain limit. This definition overcomes the above-mentioned difficulties because it not only has an ambiguous aspect (undecidability), i.e. both a positive (construction) and a negative (destruction) dimension, but it also pushes the issues related to transgression into the domain of negotiations, i.e. interactions with the reader (reception, tradition and criticism), from which it derives its inventive potential. Item„Zaprawić naukę humorem…”(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Ulicka, Danuta ItemPrzestrzenie teorii 22/2014 - spis treści(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) ItemHenryk Markiewicz (16 XI 1922 – 31 X 2013)(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Balbus, Stanisław ItemWielki Filolog – wspomnienia o Henryku Markiewiczu(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Bartoszyński, Kazimierz ItemKino Nipponu przełomu cyfrowego(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Bochniarz, MarekThis article is a review of a book written by Mitsuyo Wada Marciano – Japanese Cinema in the Digital Age. The author of this book examines the recent developments in the Japanese film industry at the turning point in the development of digital technologies. The book seeks to overcome the western approach to the subject, reinterprets classic films and explores new trends in transnational Japanese cinema (the term was proposed by the author to explain the situation of Japanese films in the context of Asian countries). ItemHerbert w hermeneutycznej sieci(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Legeżyńska, AnnaThe author of this article discusses several books that were written by Artur Grabowski, a Cracow poet, critic and researcher who is an expert in the theory of poetry, theater, drama and contemporary art, by focusing on his latest book Herbert-Hermes. Konteksty nowoczesności w esejach, dramatach i wierszach Zbigniewa Herberta [Herbert-Hermes: The Contexts of Modernity in Zbigniew Herbert’s Essays, Dramas and Poems] (The Jagiellonian University Press, Cracow 2013). This book represents an original attempt at situating Herbert’s essays, selected poems and a drama (Jaskinia filozofów [The Cave of Philosophers]) in the context of interpretive, hermeneutic practice which is treated quite loosely, and it has been highly favorably reviewed. The author of the present article draws attention to the erudition and inventiveness of Artur Grabowski, who has managed to start a new thread of research on Herbert’s work, but she also challenges ideas presented in certain passages of the book. ItemLeśmian (rosyjski i angielski) w żywiole intertekstualności(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Lukas, KatarzynaMarta Kaźmierczak’s book which is titled Przekład w kręgu intertekstualności. Na materiale tłumaczeń poezji Bolesława Leśmiana [“Translation and intertextuality: a study based on the translations of Bolesław Leśmian’s poetry”] is the first comprehensive monograph on Bolesław Leśmian’s poems that have been translated into English and Russian. The aim of the study is to examine how the “intertextual signals” from the source texts were translated into languages that are cognate with and distantly related to Polish. The author understands intertextuality as a significant relationship between a particular literary text and another text, a group of texts (e.g. philosophical), or cultural texts (e.g. a macrotext concerning Slavonic beliefs) that come before a given text in time. The intertextual elements in Leśmian’s poems are classified thematically, i.e. according to the domain to which they refer and based on the extent to which they are recognizable to those who have read the texts that are referred to. ItemPrzyjemność lektury(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Bulanowski, Marek OktawianHenryk Markiewicz’s book Czytanie Irzykowskiego [Readings of Irzykowski] is a collection of studies dedicated to the work of a leading Polish modernist critic who was also an influential theorist, historian of literature and author of the experimental novel titled Pałuba. Although this collection does not constitute a monograph on Karol Irzykowski’s work, the variety of methodological approaches that are presented in the articles reveals Markiewicz’s characteristic interests and shows that contemporary literary studies focus on reading and history rather than theory (P. de Man). These studies were influenced by the ideas of Russian formalists (B. Eichenbaum), semiotics and Marxism; however, Markiewicz does not faithfully adhere to any methodological school. Above all, his studies show that he is interested in literariness, literary works of art, the history of ideas and correct interpretation. Item„Uksiążkowienie” jako problem estetyczno- -medialny. Obcy – ósmy pasażer Nostromo – studium przypadku(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Faulstich, Werner; Strobel, RicardaThere is no literature (e.g. a novel, feature film) without a medium (e.g. a book, film), but one should be clearly differentiated from the other. Particular works can only be compared based on a comparison made between particular means of expression, i.e. media. A production-related and aesthetic approach, which has been regarded as unscientific for a long time, should be replaced by the much more appropriate media-related and aesthetic approach. Werner Faulstich and Ricarda Strobel’s reflections on the novelization of film refer to Ridley Scott’s picture titled Alien (1979), Richard J. Anobile’s movie novel (photonovel) which is based on Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson’s comics as well as to Alan Dean Foster’s novelized screenplays. Moreover, references are also made to two popular-science books: Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross’s The Book of Alien (New York 1979) and H.R. Giger’s Giger’s Alien (Basel 1979), which are treated as “books written on the basis of a film”. The film Alien deals, in a disguised form, with the topic of a man’s fear of a woman as the one who gives birth. It describes the sequence of processes that occur in a woman’s body, from conception and pregnancy to birth, as seen by a man who is “on the outside”. A man perceives a woman’s reproductive capacity, which is unattainable to him, as something alien and disturbing. ItemAdaptacja filmowa – przekładem czy montażem?(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Wysłouch, SewerynaThis article presents arguments against some of the ideas presented in Marek Hendrykowski’s paper Adaptacja jako przekład intersemiotyczny [Adaptation as intersemiotic translation] („Przestrzenie Teorii” [Space of Theory] no. 20 (2013). The author challenges two assumptions: 1) the list of translation operations which was proposed by Hendrykowski and which she considers to be heterogeneous: these operations are performed either on a text’s surface (rhetorical operations) or in its deep structure (transaccentuation, compression and amplification); and 2) the concept of adaptation which is understood as montage, since the idea of montage restricts the issue of translation to compositional activities and isolates it from sources of hermeneutic and cognitive inspiration. ItemAutor: empiryczny, modelowy czy wirtualny?(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Bohuszewicz, Paweł; Markiewka, Tomasz S.The article titled Autor: empiryczny, modelowy czy wirtualny? [“An empirical, model, or virtual author?”] presents a discussion about the terms used in the title which was held by the article’s authors. P. Bohuszewicz defends the validity of the concepts of an empirical and a virtual author, the latter being the result of “rewriting” Umberto Eco’s idea of a model author. T. Szymon Markiewka claims that the concept of a model author and that of a virtual author are unnecessary multiplications of theoretical entities: we only need the concept of an empirical author, but we also need to remember about all the complications related to this concept. ItemSpotkania intertekstualne. O dialogu Hélène Cixous z Jacques’em Derridą(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Kopka, AleksanderWhere else, if not “in a text”, can two bright minds, or two writers, meet? Is it possible for two intellectuals who engage in a dialogue to understand each other without appropriation, i.e. without constantly borrowing from each other and commenting on each other’s ideas? This essay is an attempt at answering these questions by using the unique relation between Hélène Cixous and Jacques Derrida as an example. The friendship between these two is based on efforts to understand each other’s thoughts and writings – but all this is not without respect for each other’s singularity, sovereignty and intimacy.