Images from Childhood: Copies and Distortions (Benjamin/Nabokov). Lecture by Prof. Adam Lipszyc

ms1, Salon de Fleurus, Więckowskiego 36
27.04.2016 at 18:00 hrs, free admission

Walter Benjamin’s Berlin Childhood around 1900 and Vladimir Nabokov’s  Speak, Memory are two prose writings that meditate over the world of childhood and the possibility to retrieve images kept in memory in literary text. Looking at their childhood from the other side of the trauma of adolescence and emigration, both writers give consideration to what an “authentic” image of childhood consists in, what is the role of memory and fantasy in shaping this image, and what is the function of the image in shaping our own “self”. Although solutions proposed by the two authors  are fairly diverse, they shed bright light on each other paving the way to mutual deconstruction.  

Adam Lipszyc – PhD. hab. in philosophy, works at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Translator, essayist, researcher of Walter Benjamin’s oeuvre. Author of the following books: Międzyludzie. Koncepcja podmiotowości w pismach Harolda Blooma [The Inter-People. The Vision of Subjectivity in the writings of Harold Bloom] (2005), Ślad judaizmu w filozofii XX wieku [The Trace of Judaism in 20th Century Jewish Philosophy] (2009), Rewizja procesu Józefiny K. i inne lektury od zera [Reviewed Case of Josephina K. and Other Required Reading Items from Scratch](2011), and Sprawiedliwość na końcu języka. Czytanie Waltera Benjamina [Justice at the Tip of the Tongue. Reading Walter Benjamin](2012), Czas wiersza. Paul Celan i teologie literackie [The Time of the Poem. Paul Celan and Literary Theologies] (2015). Awarded with Andrzej Siemka Prize of „Literatura na świecie” and Allianz Kulturstiftung Prize.

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