Roczniki Humanistyczne <p><strong><em>Roczniki Humanistyczne </em></strong><strong>(Annals of Arts)<em>&nbsp;</em></strong>is an academic journal of the humanities published by the Learned Society of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the Faculty of Humanities of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. It has appeared without interruption since 1949.<br><em>Roczniki Humanistyczne </em>is a platform of exchange of ideas in four areas of the humanities – literary studies, linguistics, history, and art history – as well as across these disciplines.<br><em>Roczniki Humanistyczne </em>publishes research articles, review articles, reviews, and short communications. Contributions are accepted in Polish, English, German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, and&nbsp;Ukrainian. The language of contribution may vary depending on fascicle.</p> Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL & Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II – Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych en-US Roczniki Humanistyczne 0035-7707 From the Editorial Committee Mirosława Hanusiewicz-Lavallee Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 7 8 10.18290/rh21691-1 The Prose of the Polish Renaissance versus Humanistic Anthropology, or Negotiating the Position in the World Built Anew <p>This article is an attempt to take Polish renaissance humanism as a moderate and independent modernisation project, including its references to the anthropological tradition, the variants of&nbsp; the myth of the golden age, the issues of language, as well as to the reconfiguration of the map of the world that was being carried out at that time. This paper also remarks on those important motifs of humanism that were not taken up (e.g. the concept of <em>melancholia generosa</em>) and those matters that were especially stressed by Polish authors, primarily, the emancipatory struggle to assert the identity and special character of Eastern Europe.</p> Dariusz Śnieżko Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 9 25 10.18290/rh21691-2 Norwid, the Cradle of the Aryans and Europe as a Multicultural „principium” <p>Norwid, who lived in exile in Paris, took a great interest in comparative mythology and historical linguistics, using a similar methodology for both. This article attempts to establish the sources of his own mythological and linguistic speculations. It turns out that he knew both the writings of the acknowledged authorities in this field who used a positivist methodology, and the Catholic dictionaries published by the Abbé Migne which aimed at reconciling the discoveries of positivist science with the Christian tradition. Norwid’s knowledge derived from both sources, although he felt a greater closeness to the perspective of the Catholic dictionaries (even though he did not blindly accept all their findings). The “archaic” (from a positivist perspective) roots of his mythological and linguistic speculation defended him, however, against the temptation to give in to a [pseudo-]scientific racial discourse. Here, his Christian universalism goes hand-in-hand with Renan’s agnostic universalism. The essential element of this universalism derived, in both cases, from an emphasis on the supranational value of traditions linked with the Old Testament and Judaism.</p> Arent van Nieukerken Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 27 50 10.18290/rh21691-3 „A World Apart”, „The Land of the Zeks”, and „The Dead House” <p>In this paper, I try to indicate common ground in the two largest literary works devoted to Soviet camps preceding Solzhenitsyn’s<em> The Gulag Archipelago</em>, namely, <em>A Journey to the Land of the Zeks</em> by Julius Margolin and <em>A World Apart</em> by Gustaw Herling-Grudziński. These two books have gained such status in Western literary studies, but in Poland, however, literature researchers have not yet undertaken any important research on Margolin’s work. Both authors and their works have a lot in common: Margolin and Herling were in the same camp complex (Kargopollag); they both undertook a hunger strike in order to obtain their release from the camp and described it in their works, and both treated their works as one of the instruments for fighting against this inhuman system. Finally, they both read Dostoyevsky’s <em>The House of the Dead</em> in the Soviet camp, and this reading significantly shaped their understanding of the fate of the labour camp and its consequences.</p> Tadeusz Sucharski Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 51 67 10.18290/rh21691-4 A Journey to Burma by Gustaw Herling-Grudziński: Research Perspectives. A Reconnaissance <p>This article concerns the existing research on the lesser-known, early diary of Gustaw Herling‑Grudziński about his journey to Burma titled <em>A Journey to Burma</em>. In this article, the author distinguishes two main interpretative themes appearing in the most important texts dealing with this work: genealogical issues, and those related to history, politics and social life. By showing the advantages and effects of these texts, the author points to those elements that still have not been thoroughly analysed. Thus, the need for an in-depth reading of this work with the post-colonial perspective taken into account is emphasised, as is a closer look at this text in the context of the whole output of the author of <em>A Journey to Burma</em> and his unique writing style. This article discusses in detail the main problems and potential benefits of each approach.</p> Paweł Panas Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 69 76 10.18290/rh21691-5 Songwriter and Literary Traditions: on the Work of Adam Sikorski <p>This article is devoted to Adam Sikorski, the author of the lyrics to the songs by the Lublin rock band Budka Suflera. The text presents a short biographical outline of the subject of the article, and an attempt is also made to highlight the constitutive features of his style, which includes the author’s profound erudition, his fascination with Polish romanticism and modernism, the existential situation of the lyrical subject, and the theme of the vision of childhood as a land of peace, order and free from care.</p> Marcin Cybulski Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 77 99 10.18290/rh21691-6 The Decima of Baroque Translations of Songs about the Vanities of this World (Inc.: “Cur mundus militat sub vana Gloria”): A Study of Sources <p>This article contains the edition of ten Polish translations of a hymn about the vanity of the world, attributed to Jacopone da Todi (c. 1236-1306), and which were written in the years 1647-1747. Their authors were Jan Libicki (d. 1670), Symeon of Polotsk (1629-1680), Wespazjan Kochowski (1633-1700) and various anonymous poets.</p> Radosław Grześkowiak Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 101 123 10.18290/rh21691-7 „The description of my life, my dear Urszulka, is so detailed that, I presume, its candour surpasses that of J. J. Rousseau’s confessions”: Images of Individual Lives and the Social Life of the 1840s Based on Gustaw Zieliński’s Correspondence <p>Gustaw Zieliński was a poet, novelist, November Insurgent, exile, landowner, social worker, bibliophile and patron of culture, who is nowadays most often associated with his most popular text, the poetic novel titled <em>Kirgiz</em>, or else as an entry in encyclopaedias. It is known that he was a patron and lover of culture, but nothing more can be said. This article is an attempt to present a broader view, based on epistolography, going beyond the bare facts, presenting the realities of a colourful, but also difficult, life in mid-19<sup>th</sup> century Warsaw and Mazovia. It is an attempt to remind us of the original epistologist, whose correspondence presents economic and social relations, and the cultural realities, not only of the capital of that time, but of the whole Mazovian region, and, with the passage of time and the changing personal life of the author, of both the country [Poland] and Europe of that time.</p> Małgorzata Król Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 125 138 10.18290/rh21691-8 How did the Score for Luigi Dallapicolla’s Il Prigioniero Find Its Way to the Library of Gustaw Herling-Grudziński? <p>In this article I would like to show an episode of the colaboration of two eminant polish exile artists: composer Roman Palester and writer Gustaw Herling-Grudziński, which could lead (but finally didn’t) to the creation of unique piece of art.: an opera based on Grudzinski’s short novel The tower with Palester music. The starting point of the story is the attempt to explain how the score of Luigi Dallapiccola’ s opera <em>Il Prigioniero</em> found its way to writer’s library. The solution of this riddle is to be found in the letters of both artists. After short characteristic of lives and artistic road of both artists in the moment they meet, author go to the operetic fascinations of Palester: presents very shortly the history of unfinished opera The <em>Living Stones</em>, and also quotes the fragments of Palester’s letters to various writers concerning looking for the appriotriate libretto. In the end, after many propositions, it turns out that the best material for the composer is Grudziński’s <em>The Tower</em> short novel, which only needed some adaptations. And it was exactly beccause of ths, with the suggestion of Palester, Herling bought the score of <em>Prigioniero</em>, which now we can find in writer’s library. The long fragment of Grudziński’s letter, shows us, how deeply both artist were involved in this project. Finally the project failed. The rest of the artickle describes the furter history of this project, trying to&nbsp; to find out why the fantastic artistic duet Grudzinski–Palester finally&nbsp; never came to being. At the end we look through some further&nbsp; project of colaboration of both exiles, which also failed.</p> Lech Dzierżanowski Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 139 154 10.18290/rh21691-9 The known and unknown Haupt Wojciech Kudyba Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 155 163 10.18290/rh21691-10 Dawid Gostyński’s Being and Disintegration: Poetic Antinomies of Marcin Sendecki: The Seven Themes of Side Note Deliberations Grzegorz Jędrek Copyright (c) 2021 Roczniki Humanistyczne 2021-03-11 2021-03-11 69 1 165 171 10.18290/rh21691-11