George Z. GasynaPolish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz
Continuum Publishing Corporation, New York, 2011, 288 pp.
This title examines the ways in which language, identity, and a sense of cultural belonging intersect in Conrad's and Gombrowicz's novels and other writings. Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise examines the triple compact made by displaced authors with language, their host country, and the homeland left behind. It considers the entwined phenomena of expatriation and homelessness, and the artistic responses to these conditions, including reconstructions of identity and the creation of idealized new homelands. Conrad and Gombrowicz, writers who lived with the condition of exile, were in the vanguard of what today has become a thriving intellectual community of transnationals whose calling card is precisely their hybridity and fluency in multiple cultural traditions. Conrad and Gombrowicz's Polish childhoods emerge as cultural touchstones against which they formulated their writing philosophies. Gasyna claims that in both cases negotiating exile involved processes of working through a traumatic past through the construction of narrative personae that served as strategic doubles. Both authors engaged in extensive manipulation of their public image. Above all, Conrad and Gombrowicz's narratives are united by a desire for a linguistic refuge, a proposed home-in-language, and a set of techniques deployed in the representation of their predicament as subjects caught in-between
Inyroduction: The Spaces and Trajectories of Exile:
• ch. 1 The Condition Known as Exile
• ch. 2 Crossing the Thresholds of Modernist Discourse
• ch. 3 I. Life Writing. II. Charting the Hybrid Self
• ch. 4 Toward Heterotopia:
• ch. 5 Imagined Nations, Fractured Narrations: The Politics of Language and Poetics of Territoriality in Nostromo
• ch. 6 The Conditional Narrativity of Cosmos.
• Conclusions: Identity and its Displacements. Some Vlosing Axions
George Gasyna is Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. He specializes in Polish literature, in particular twentieth-century prose and drama, as well as exilic literature and the avant-garde.
Recensión: Polish, Hybrid, and Otherwise: Exilic Discourse in Joseph Conrad and Witold Gombrowicz, George Z. Gasyna
por Michael Goddard, en Slavic Review 71, 3 (Fall 2012), pp. 685-686