The Polish Formalist School and Russian Formalism

January 2004
236 pages
6x9 in
Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe
ISBN: 9781580461108
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC LIT004130, LIT014000

The Polish Formalist School and Russian Formalism

Andrzej Karcz

A comparison of two schools of literary criticism, showing how the Polish Formalist School modified and transcended the original ideas of Russian Formalism.
This study looks closely at the changes taking place in Polish literary scholarship at the turn of the century, and focuses on the work of the founder of Polish Formalism, Kazimierz Woycicki and the other main theoreticians and practitioners of this School. While presenting a comparative and contrasting approach to Polish and Russian Formalism, the study concentrates on how the ideas of the Russian Formalists were accepted and applied by the Polish School, which modified and transcended them. Special attention is paid to Woycicki's original definition of the subject of literary study.

The two schools of literary criticism, while dealing with the same problems of analysis, did not always propose similar solutions. By modifying the ideas of Russian Formalism, the Polish Formalist School of the 1930s modernized Polish literary scholarship in a fundamental way.

Andrzej Karcz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas.

Table of Contents

Anticipation of Polish Formalism
Kazimierz Woycicki: The Foundation of Polish Formalism
Manfred Kridl: The Integration of Polish Formalism
The Polish School of Formalism: History, Theory, and Practice


Overall, this study will be helpful to those who are interested in the evolution of twentieth-century Polish literary criticism, particularly in the development of Woycicki and Kridl. SLAVIC AND EAST EUROPEAN REVIEW, Volume 87 No 1 [Andrea Hacker]

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