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„Šusteri“ Stanisława Ignacyja Witkiewicza: groteskna i katastrofična slika 20. stoljeća


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Čižmek, Dora. (2018). „Šusteri“ Stanisława Ignacyja Witkiewicza: groteskna i katastrofična slika 20. stoljeća. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of West Slavic Languages and Literature. [mentor Blažina, Dalibor].

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The versatile personality and artistic creativity encompass Witkacy among the most important Polish artists of the 20th century. With the width and multitude of his work, he represents a unique personality in European art and literature, and it is difficult, indeed impossible, to classify him within the usual categories. He was primarily a modernist, but with his innovations and experiments (Theory and Theater of Pure Form), as well as with philosophical considerations remained recognized in European literature as one of the avant-garde forerunners. This master thesis displays an overview of his prominent drama Shoemakers. By positioning Witkacy in the socio-political and artistic context of the interwar period and defining his basic philosophical postulates, it is attempted to present his catastrophic thought through the analysis of the drama. Witkacy was a radical critic of mass society and saw its growing dehumanization as an eventual annihilation of the individual. Loss of the authentic values and metaphysical sentiment originally linked to the individual led to his catastrophic diagnosis of contemporary society. By questioning the dramatic structure, the characters, their interrelations and the language of drama, her grotesqueness is perceived as a reflection of the mass and dehumanized society of the 20-th century. By the precise delayering of political systems, social classes and human relations in the Shoemakers, Witkacy clearly shows the downfall of values of the individualistic culture. The reception of the drama presented in the master thesis testifies of its importance. It is difficult to perceive the rich Witkacy's creative world, but it is important to read him and be able to critically look at the society we are part of. The Shoemakers are not just the satirical and grotesque analysis of 20th century society, but as well the image of our postmodern society, yet the catastrophic vision of the future of mankind.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Witkacy, modernism, avant-garde, Shoemakers, grotesque, catastrophism
Subjects: Slavic languages and literatures > West Slavic languages and literatures - Polish
Departments: Department of West Slavic Languages and Literature
Supervisor: Blažina, Dalibor
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 11:11
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 11:11

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