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In Osteuropa 3-4/2020

Romanticism and politics
Stanisław Srokowski and the patriotic narrative of the PiS

Ulrich Schmid

Deutsche Fassung


In the People’s Republic of Poland, Stanisław Srokowski belonged to the group of writers who were ostracized. He was born in Kresy and as a child witnessed the massacre of Volhynia. With his prose writing filled with strong images that present the massacre in dramatic scenes, he has brought the issue to the table of Poland’s literary discourse. He uses Romantic narrative patterns and is updating a narrative that can be integrated into the historical policy of the national-conservative ruling party, the PiS.

(Osteuropa 3-4/2020, pp. 179–192)