Acta Universitatis Lodziensis Folia Litteraria Polonica


The text considers two metaphors describing creative freedom in modern society: secretiveness and shadow. In the shadow, creative individuals protect themselves against the ubiquitous need to explain and screen life. The text proves that contemporary literature (Sebald, Quinard) and essay (Vuarnet, Maffesoli) search inspiration in secretiveness and shadow while at the same time they see a threat to art in the mechanism of explanation.


secretiveness, shadow, individual freedom, modern literature


Junichiro Tanizaki, Pochwała cienia, in: Estetyka japońska. Antologia, 3: Estetyka życia i piękno umierania, Krystyna Wilkoszewska (ed.), Universitas, Krakow 2005.

Maffesoli Michel, Rytm życia. Wariacje na temat świata wyobraźni ponowoczesnej, trans. Agnieszka Karpowicz, Zakład Wydawniczy „Nomos”, Krakow 2012.

Merton Thomas, Zapiski współwinnego widza, Dom Wydawniczy Rebis, Poznan 1994.

Quignard Pascal, Życie sekretne, Vesper, Poznan 2006.

Sebald W.G., Campo Santo, Wydawnictwo WAB, Warsaw 2014.

Vuarnet Jean-Noël, Filozof-artysta, słowo/obraz terytoria, Gdansk 2000.

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