Venice

  • Dyskurs przestrzeni - przestrzeń dyskursu. Obraz miasta w Innej Wenecji Predra-ga Matvejevicia

    Author: Katarzyna Majdzik
    E-mail: katarzyna.majdzik@us.edu.pl
    Institution: Uniwersytet Śląski
    Year of publication: 2016
    Source: Show
    Pages: 105-121
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/IW.2016.07.06
    PDF: iw/07/iw706.pdf

    THE DISCOURSE OF SPACE - THE SPACE OF DISCOURSE. THE IMAGE OF THE CITY IN DRUGA VENECIJA (THE OTHER VENICE: SECRETS OF THE CITY) BY PREDRAG MATVEJEVIĆ

    the author of this article reconstructs the image of Venice depicted in the novel-essay Druga Venecija (The Other Venice: Secrets of the City) by Predrag Matvejević. the novel is characterised by multilingualism (loanwords from the Italian language and its dialects) and contributions from other arts (numerous illustrations, maps, photo reprints, etc.). the discursive mechanisms shaping the impression of space and the world that is represented, as well as the nonlinguistic (visual) ways of its reproduction, are analysed in the article. the narration of the novel is deprived of plot, as it is essayistic and dehistoricised. The book incorporates different genres, combining elements of the essay, travelogue novels, encyclopaediae, and portolan charts. It is characterised by minimalism and restrained language, which are distinguishing features of Matvejević’s work. the poetics of minimalism is reflected in the fragmentation of the plot, the selectivity of themes, and the simplicity of style. the writer concentrates on presenting the details, exploring unknown areas that are overlooked in other literary descriptions of Venice. the originality of Matvejević’s creative method is based on tracking down abandoned, non-obvious, and devastated places; the book, therefore, describes the passages of the city, referring random information and fragments of other stories and legends. enumeration is the most frequent figure of speech used by the writer to describe phenomena in a synchronous and non-hierarchical way. the starting point for the considerations made in this article are the philosophical concepts of the relationship of semiotic systems and different types of art (both applied and fine) to the category of spatiality (Derrida, Rewers, eco, taine).

  • Polki w Wenecji w drugiej połowie XVIII wieku. Zapiski z podróży Teofili z Radziwiłłów Morawskiej i Katarzyny z Sosnowskich Platerowej

    Author: Małgorzata Ewa Kowalczyk
    Institution: Uniwersytet Wrocławski
    Year of publication: 2014
    Source: Show
    Pages: 317-337
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/IW.2014.05.15
    PDF: iw/05/iw515.pdf

    POLISH WOMEN IN VENICE IN THE SECOND HALF OF EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. TRAVEL DIARIES OF TEOFILA KONSTANCJA MORAWSKA NÉE RADZIWIŁŁ AND KATARZYNA PLATEROWA NÉE SOSNOWSKA

    Venice, one of the most enchanting cities in the world, has always been a very popular destination for travellers. For Poles who travelled through Europe in the eighteenth century, Venice was an important and frequently visited city. Polish noblewomen of that era, who travelled as frequently as their male counterparts, wrote many memoirs describing their journeys. Very few of their diaries, however, have survived to this day. Memoirs describing their Venetian escapades, rarely published, are mostly buried deep in archives and libraries. Travel diaries of Teofila Konstancja Morawska, née Radziwiłł (1738-1818) and Katarzyna Platerowa, née Sosnowska (born c. 17481832), widely considered as two of the most interesting publications describing Venice of that time, are filled with thoughtful observations of life in eighteenth-century Venice. Details about the city’s landscape and architectural artefacts, the chronicles of theatrical performances, descriptions of works of art and local cuisine and customs represent a remarkable source of information about appearances, the mentality and everything that defined the life of the eighteenth-century Venetians. Their memoirs are on a par with those written by men of their time and their observant eyes make them an extraordinary source of information about life in Venice of the eighteenth century.

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