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Acta Universitatis Lodziensis Folia Litteraria Polonica

Title

Bambo Can Go

Abstract

The author analyses Tuwim’s Bambo, the Black Boy and tries to point to a number of interpretative paradoxes that have accumulated around its multiple readings. Particular attention is paid to the racial readings of the poem. What is more, the author discusses a variety of contemporary contexts in which the famous poem functions; these are often politically incorrect readings and interpretations which make no sense of the historical context in which the work was originally written. The article offers a detailed analysis of the origins of the poem and the circumstances in which found its way to the school primer. The poem is seen as expressing the need for accepting otherness and fighting cultural stereotypes.

Keywords

Julian Tuwim, rasism, postcolonialism, stereotype, Tuwim’s reception

References

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Gralewicz-Wolny Iwona, Pożegnanie Murzynka Bambo [a transcript of a speech given at the conference: Wyczytać świat. Międzykulturowość w literaturze dzieci i młodzieży, University of Silesia in Katowice, 22–23 November 2012].

Margolis-Edelman Alina, Ala z “Elementarza”, Aneks, London 1994.

Marlow [pseud.], “Murzynek Bambo – czarny, wesoły…”. Próba postkolonialnej interpretacji tekstu, Marcin Moskalewicz, Galeria Kongo, 11.04.2012, http://galeriakongo.blogspot.com/2012/04/murzynek-bambo-czarny-wesoy-proba.html [accessed on: 3.12. 2013].

Moskalewicz Marcin, “Murzynek Bambo – czarny, wesoły…”. Próba postkolonialnej interpretacji tekstu, “Teksty Drugie” 2005, issues 1–2, pp. 259–270.

Moskalewicz Marcin, [a reply and a turn in a discussion], Galeria Kongo, 7.09.2012, http://galeriakongo.blogspot.com/2012/04/murzynek-bambo-czarny-wesoy-proba.html” [accessed on: 03.12. 2013].

First Page

141

Last Page

151

Language

eng

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