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India of the Romantics. The reception of Indian culture in the epoch of Polish Romanticism

Dagmara Nowakowska

Abstract

The subject of my dissertation is reconstruction of the history of the reception of Indian culture in Polish Romanticism – literature as well as philosophy, historiosophy and aesthetics, in the context of European fascination with India towards the end of XVIII and the first half of XIX century, and also describing methods of interpretation of various phenomena of this culture. The aim of the dissertation is to show how Polish readers, writers, translators, researchers or critics used the available oriental knowledge and created their own visions of India. The dissertation is composed of three chapters evoking problems such as: Indian thought reflected in theories created by Polish philosophers (Kremer and K. Libelt). Their works involved conception of pantheism and metempsychosis. Alike reflections were presented in the poetry of Leszek Dunin-Borkowski and Juliusz Słowacki’s mystical poems wrote towards the end of his life; The role of India in the perception of origin of the Slavdom and the Slavs. Many of Polish researchers of ancient Slavdom (works of Z. Dołęga Chodakowski, W. Skorochód Majewski, T. Narbutt, W. Surowiecki, Slavic Literature by A. Mickiewicz or mentioned mystic works of J. Słowacki) were convinced of Indian roots of the Slavs; Polish reaction to ancient Indian art, architecture and sculpture vividly shown in pioneering work written by Stanisław Kostka Potocki titled Polish Wincklemann, Letters from Cracow by J. Kremer and works of C. Norwid – he found and described links between the art and the dramatic history of the country divided by enemies’ invasion and torn by inner turmoil.
Record ID
UAMfb52ff24effd4dc8b7de96c97997ced3
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Dagmara Nowakowska Dagmara Nowakowska,, Undefined Affiliation
Title in Polish
Indie romantyków. Z recepcji kultury indyjskiej w epoce polskiego romantyzmu
Title in English
India of the Romantics. The reception of Indian culture in the epoch of Polish Romanticism
Language
pl Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology (SNoJiL/WFPiK/FoPaCP)
Discipline
literary studies / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.5 literary studies
Defense Date
28-12-2017
Title date
28-12-2017
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/20945 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
romanticism India orientalism ancient Slavdom philosophy of history in the 19th century
Abstract in English
The subject of my dissertation is reconstruction of the history of the reception of Indian culture in Polish Romanticism – literature as well as philosophy, historiosophy and aesthetics, in the context of European fascination with India towards the end of XVIII and the first half of XIX century, and also describing methods of interpretation of various phenomena of this culture. The aim of the dissertation is to show how Polish readers, writers, translators, researchers or critics used the available oriental knowledge and created their own visions of India. The dissertation is composed of three chapters evoking problems such as: Indian thought reflected in theories created by Polish philosophers (Kremer and K. Libelt). Their works involved conception of pantheism and metempsychosis. Alike reflections were presented in the poetry of Leszek Dunin-Borkowski and Juliusz Słowacki’s mystical poems wrote towards the end of his life; The role of India in the perception of origin of the Slavdom and the Slavs. Many of Polish researchers of ancient Slavdom (works of Z. Dołęga Chodakowski, W. Skorochód Majewski, T. Narbutt, W. Surowiecki, Slavic Literature by A. Mickiewicz or mentioned mystic works of J. Słowacki) were convinced of Indian roots of the Slavs; Polish reaction to ancient Indian art, architecture and sculpture vividly shown in pioneering work written by Stanisław Kostka Potocki titled Polish Wincklemann, Letters from Cracow by J. Kremer and works of C. Norwid – he found and described links between the art and the dramatic history of the country divided by enemies’ invasion and torn by inner turmoil.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMfb52ff24effd4dc8b7de96c97997ced3/

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