"Postscriptum Polonistyczne" Nr 1 (2016), s. 23-32
The article discusses the concept of ‘borderland’ in selected works by Sygurd Wiśniowski: a
19th century Polish traveller who encountered the territorial and cultural expansion of the
white settlers in Australia and North America. The author of the article aims to present both
the specificity and the complexity of ‘borderland phenomenon’ as described by Wiśniowski.
The author concentrates also on absent or omitted elements in Wiśniowski’s discourse
(which can be observed in his attitude towards the native inhabitants and women) and reveals
Wiśniowski’s utopian ideas (such as equality of opportunity).