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Title: Gombrowicz, rope-walker between maturity and immaturity
Authors: De Vleeschouwer, Gregory # ×
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier, North-Holland
Series Title: Russian Literature vol:62 issue:4 pages:423-431
Abstract: In Ferdydurke Gombrowicz sees art as a kind of weapon that can help the author in the struggle for his own superiority: by staying above his art and by shaping his own forms, the artist is able to fight back against the restrictive forms the others and reality try to impose on him. In his later novels though, Gombrowicz seems to have given up this view: narrator Witold of Pornography for example surrenders himself to the chaos of reality, and instead of shaping, he is being shaped himself by several 'interhuman mechanisms'. By examining more closely the novel Pornography I will show that Gombrowicz has not at all given up his ferdydurkian view, and moreover that the feint exposed in Pornography was an almost necessary trick to stay loyal to the ferdydurkian programme. I deepen this by showing how Gombrowicz intelligently uses his Diary (by letting resonate Pornography in it) to maintain the difficult balance between maturity and immaturity - a balance he put central in in Ferdydurke.
ISSN: 0304-3479
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute of Philosophy - miscellaneous
Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
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