"Postscriptum Polonistyczne" Nr 1 (2016), s. 179-191
The author of the article has been inspired by Wallerstein’s theory of ‘systems-worlds’, especially
by the opposition between cultural centre (innovative, because it is able to produce
popular scientific theories) and periphery (only testing such theories). At the starting point
she is also willing to trust the notion of Richard Florida („What is interesting happens aside”). In the article she asks if Silesian literary ‘micrology’ may become a popular strategy of
interpretation. The author claims that trends in science are closely connected with innovation
and she describes literary ‘micrology’ in terms of Ryszard Nycz’s definition of innovation.
The author suggests that Silesian literary ‘micrology’ (focused on what is small, apparently
insignificant, disappearing) results from certain trends. Is it possible, however, that ‘micrology’
that is trying to avoid repetition (a crucial element of innovation) can become trendy itself?