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Dwa labirynty: Barbara Radziwiłłówna z Jaworzna-Szczakowej Michała Witkowskiego – Poema Piasta Dantyszka Juliusza Słowackiego

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Two Labyrinths: Barbara Radziwiłłówna z Jaworzna-Szczakowej (Barbara Radziwiłłówna from Jaworzno-Szczakowa) by Michał Witkowski – Poema Piasta Dantysz

The article discusses intertextual connections of the novel Barbara Radziwiłłówna z Jaworzna-Szczakowej by Michał Witkowski with Poema Piasta Dantyszka herbu Leliwa o Piekle by Juliusz Słowacki. Due to remarkable similarity of Witkowski’s novel to the poem from the nineteenth century, Barbara Radziwiłłówna z Jaworzna-Szczakowej may be treated as a mirror image of Poema Piasta Dantyszka herbu Leliwa o Piekle, respectively distorted by postmodern worldview and aesthetics, which the contemporary writer’s prose is saturated with. Moreover, the author compares various ways of presenting identical problems in both works, e.g. labyrinth structure of the in-text world, to show two different ways of comprehension and presenting the same problems by Romanticism and postmodernism.