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Maria Janion's Frenzy: Transgressing the Crisis of 1968


Seiler, Nina (2023). Maria Janion's Frenzy: Transgressing the Crisis of 1968. In: Sajewska, Dorota; Sugiera, Małgorzata. Crisis and Communitas. Performative Concepts of Commonality in Arts and Politics. London, New York: Routledge, 155-171.

Abstract

The year 1968 is seen in many societies all over the globe as a symbol of political turmoil and social change, as a call for community and freedom that plunged the old societal order into a state of emergency and crisis. In most Western societies, 1968 is understood as a turn towards a more (neo)liberal, (post)modern society, and the achievement of a generation in its struggle for individual and collective freedom. In Poland, March 1968 has come to symbolise the violent state repression of youth protests for political and social reform and an officially promoted anti-Semitic campaign, both linked to power struggles within the Polish United Workers’ Party. While in the 1967 conference proceedings, the authors can re-read most of the discussion as well as Janion’s reply, in the preface to her 1969 “Romanticism: studies on ideas and style,” this debate is reduced to a dry note on “accusation” and Janion’s brief legitimation of her approach.

Abstract

The year 1968 is seen in many societies all over the globe as a symbol of political turmoil and social change, as a call for community and freedom that plunged the old societal order into a state of emergency and crisis. In most Western societies, 1968 is understood as a turn towards a more (neo)liberal, (post)modern society, and the achievement of a generation in its struggle for individual and collective freedom. In Poland, March 1968 has come to symbolise the violent state repression of youth protests for political and social reform and an officially promoted anti-Semitic campaign, both linked to power struggles within the Polish United Workers’ Party. While in the 1967 conference proceedings, the authors can re-read most of the discussion as well as Janion’s reply, in the preface to her 1969 “Romanticism: studies on ideas and style,” this debate is reduced to a dry note on “accusation” and Janion’s brief legitimation of her approach.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
940 History of Europe
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > General Arts and Humanities
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Social Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords:Literaturwissenschaft Polen 1968
Language:English
Date:2023
Deposited On:13 Feb 2024 14:56
Last Modified:30 Jun 2024 03:32
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9781003231097
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003231097-11
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)