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Czesław Miłosz’s Migrant Perspective in Rodzinna Europa [Native Realm]

Ewa Kołodziejczyk
  • Institute of Literary Research, Department of Contemporary Literature Documentation, Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-330 Warszawa, ul. Nowy Świat 72, Poland
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Published Online: 2017-12-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0031


The article traces the impact of Czesław Miłosz’s first American stay on his image of Central Europe in Rodzinna Europa [Native Realm]. In the United States, the post-war immigrant from Vilnius learned to perceive, understand and evaluate American culture; he also gained a new perspective on his region of Europe and Slavic immigrants. This experience enabled him to adopt an American point of view in his autobiographical essay. Following William Faulkner, Miłosz carries on an analysis of Eastern and Central Europe’s history and identities. The uses Western historical and sociological glossary to describe processes that formed his “native realm.” Analogically, the poet from pre-war Vilnius reflects on American multi-ethnicity and religious diversity from a Central European perspective. In Rodzinna Europa, Miłosz takes the position of a migrant translator and a two-way mediator between East and West.

Keywords: Poles in the United States in the 20th century; Eastern and Central Europe in Western perception


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Received: 2017-06-28

Accepted: 2017-10-29

Published Online: 2017-12-07

Published in Print: 2017-11-27

Citation Information: Open Cultural Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 342–349, ISSN (Online) 2451-3474, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0031.

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