humor; irony; criticism of ideology; literary criticism
"Śląskie Studia Polonistyczne" Nr 2 (2017), s. 217-233
The article discusses three elements characteristic of the works of the poet,
prose writer and performer Adam Kaczanowski, which resulted in the poor visibility of
his achievements in the critical literary discourse after 2000. The first issue concerns
the convention of “onirism, which stands firmly on earth” (or “wide realism”), which did
not allow Kaczanowski to enter into the binary system “experience versus language”
visible in the most important critical literary approaches of the last dozen or so years.
The second issue is Kaczanowski’s critique of late capitalism ideology – the hero of
this article touched upon this problem at a time when the economic situation favored
primarily post-transformation, liberal and libertarian narrations. The third thread is related
to the strategy of contesting the status quo: whereas from the late 1990s in the poetry
and accompanying discourses the most popular category was irony, Kaczanowski used
humor as a tool of subversion (both irony and humor are defined after Gilles Deleuze).