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

Gallery 9 – (Vitrines) A. J. Aalders; (Left, Wall) Alfred Roll; (Right) Ângela Ferreira, Grand Parc - Paul Doumer, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France, July 5, 2017 | © Courtesy of latitudes-flickr.
Gallery 9 – (Vitrines) A. J. Aalders; (Left, Wall) Alfred Roll; (Right) Ângela Ferreira, Grand Parc - Paul Doumer, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France, July 5, 2017 | © Courtesy of latitudes-flickr.

Ewa Kołodziejczyk

Published Online: 2017-12-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2017-0031.

Abstract

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.


Featured Image Credits: Gallery 9 – (Vitrines) A. J. Aalders; (Left, Wall) Alfred Roll; (Right) Ângela Ferreira,  Grand Parc – Paul Doumer, Bordeaux, Aquitaine, France,  July 5, 2017 |  © Courtesy of latitudes-flickr.


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