fantastic literature; metafantastic literature; philosophy; universal mobility; polymorphic reality; primacy of thought over matter; devil
Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
K. Gadomska, A. Loska, A. Swoboda, A. Kisiel, K. Kocur, B. Malska (red.), "Poe, Grabiński, Ray, Lovecraft : visions, correspondences, transitions" (S. 119-132). Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
The present article discusses the conception of metafantastic
literature by Stefan Grabiński – a Polish writer called the Polish Poe or the
Polish Lovecraft, at the example of Baphomet’s Shadow, the novel of 1926.
The specificity of his fantastic literature is based on constant references to
philosophy of Heraclitus of Ephesus, Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,
Henri Bergson and William James, to name only a few. The study examines
two of the most important ideas in Grabiński’s fantastic: the universal mobility
and the polymorphic reality, as well as the primacy of thought over
matter. Without the knowledge of these ideas, Grabiński’s fantastic becomes
hermetic and incomprehensible.