Current research

The project poses the question: who is a fleeing person against the backdrop of the notion of groundlessness (Bodenlosigkeit). The theme of the uprootedness in escape will be discussed with relation to the works of two Polish 20th century writers: Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, and his aphorisms Unkempt thoughts and Leo Lipski’s Gulag-stories and the story “Peter”. Both had traumatic experiences of both Nazism and Communism, both were soldiers in the war, and both were at some point emigrants. Albeit in very different ways, both express the experience of escape.


Literary theory