1st Edition

Olga Tokarczuk Comparative Perspectives

Edited By Lidia Wiśniewska, Jakub Lipski Copyright 2023
    168 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Filling a significant gap in contemporary criticism of recent prose fiction, this book offers a provocative analysis of the work of Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk, situating her output in comparative contexts. The chapters making up the volume range from myth-critical focused readings to interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. Tokarczuk’s fiction is explored as mythopoeic and heterotopian experimentation, as well as being read alongside other arts and other authors of various national and linguistic backgrounds. This wide-ranging collection is the first monograph on Tokarczuk in English.

    List of Figures

    List of Contributors

    Note on editions used

    Tokarczuk and a comparative reconnaissance: Preliminary remarks.

    Lidia Wiśniewska

    Chapter 1

    Olga Tokarczuk and Daniel Kehlmann: Genres, Themes, Languages, and Positions in the Literary Field

    Rafał Pokrywka

    Chapter 2

    On the Borderland of Judaism, Islam and Christianity: Unorthodox Religious Experience in Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob and Milorad Pavić’s Dictionary of the Khazars

    Michał Moch

    Chapter 3

    Integrating narratives: The art of storytelling according to Isaac Bashevis Singer and Olga Tokarczuk

    Marek Stanisz

    Chapter 4

    Found souls: Olga Tokarczuk meets Joanna Concejo

    Magdalena Rabizo-Birek

    Chapter 5

    Heterotopias in the Prose of Olga Tokarczuk: The Literary Images of Cabinets de Curiosités and Scientists’ Study Rooms in the Context of the Visual Arts

    Ewa Górecka

    Chapter 6

    Metamorphoses of Myths in Anna In in the Tombs of the World

    Lidia Wiśniewska



    Lidia Wiśniewska is Professor and Head of World Literature and Comparative Literary Studies at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She is the author of three monographs on Polish and world literature from a comparative perspective and over a hundred book chapters and journal articles. She has edited 18 collections of essays, and coedited four; most recently (with Grażyna Borkowska) a book on Polish literature in international context, Another Canon: The Polish Nineteenth-Century Novel in World Context (2020). She is the vice president of the Adam Mickiewicz Literary Society, where she is chair of the Comparative and Didactic Committees. She is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Wiek XIX, responsible for the comparative section.

    Jakub Lipski is a university professor and Head of Anglophone Literatures at Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. He is the author of three monographs and a number of articles and book chapters on eighteenth-century English literature. He has also co-edited a special issue of the journal Comparisons (vol. 25, 2019) on The Robinsonade and Comparative Studies and edited acollection of essays on Rewriting Crusoe: The Robinsonade Across Languages, Cultures, and Media (2020).