Prof. Krystyna Jaworska (Università di Torino)

The power of the Arts. Considerations on the role of ekphrasis and intertextuality in Kazimiera Ilłłakowiczówna’s poem Wyznanie (Confession).

The presentation will focus on Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna’s suggestive poem Wyznanie (Confession) in which ekphrasis and intertextuality play a key role. Iłłakowiczówna translated  several masterpieces of French, English, German, Russian, Romanian and Hungarian literature into Polish. In order to better understand how different literary traditions and the visual arts are reflected in her own literary work, the analysis will refer to her paratexts, such as memoirs and conferences.