Does Henryk Sienkiewicz, a man from the age of steam, have his place in the digital age culture? Is this writer, Nobel prize winner, whose novels were once absolute bestsellers still interesting for scholars and the audience at the beginning of the 21st century? Or could he potentially be?
The lecture will try to answer these questions, showing some digital scholarly stories told about Henryk Sienkiewicz's life, work, and reception (for example, his journeys to America and Africa or monuments for Sienkiewicz erected over the years). It will also analyze traces of Sienkiewicz's presence in contemporary culture - including novels, films, and video games.
Henryk Sienkiewicz in the digital age
- A lecture by Prof. Bartłomiej Szleszyński
A discussion and Q&A session moderated by Dr. Agnieszka Mrozik will follow the presentation.
Bartłomiej Szleszyński - professor at the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, head of the New Panorama of Polish Literature team, responsible for creating and operating NPLP.PL, a platform publishing digital scholarly collections, and TEI.NPLP.PL, a platform for scholarly digital editions, deputy director of the Digital Humanities Centre.
His main research interests are literature of the second half of the nineteenth century, colonial discourse in nineteenth-century Polish culture, literary Sarmatism, digital humanities and scholarly digital editions. Published Przymierzanie kontusza. Henryk Rzewuski i Henryk Sienkiewicz – najwybitniejsi twórcy XIX-wiecznego nurtu sarmackiego [Trying on the Kontush: Henryk Rzewuski and Henryk Sienkiewicz, the most notable representatives of the nineteenth-century Sarmatian trend]; Non omnis moriar? Bolesław Prus, wiek XIX i opowieści współczesne, [Non omnis moriar? Bolesław Prus, the nineteenth century and contemporary novels]. Co-edited: Przerabianie XIX wieku [Rethinking the nineteenth century]; Realiści, realizm, realność [Realists, realism, reality], Sienkiewicz ponowoczesny [Postmodern Sienkiewicz].
Agnieszka Mrozik is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS). She is affiliated with two research teams: The Centre for Cultural and Literary Studies of Communism, and the Archives of Women. Since June 2020, she has been the Institute's Deputy Director for General Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Literary Studies (2012) and an MA degree in American Studies (2005). Her research interests include: 1. the concepts of gender, generations, and communism; 2. critical analysis of public discourse (including media and popular culture); 3. the history of women and women's movements; 4. women's life writing and literature in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of Akuszerki transformacji. Kobiety, literatura i władza w Polsce po 1989 roku (Warszawa: Wydawnictwo IBL PAN, 2012). She co-edited and co-authored several volumes: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Agnieszka Mrozik, and Grzegorz Wołowiec, eds., Reassessing Communism: Concepts, Culture, and Society in Poland 1944–1989 (Budapest and New York: CEU Press, forthcoming 2021); Agnieszka Mrozik and Anna Artwińska, eds., Gender, Generations, and Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond (New York and London: Routledge, 2020); Agnieszka Mrozik and Stanislav Holubec, eds., Historical Memory of Central and East European Communism (New York: Routledge, 2018); Agnieszka Mrozik et al., eds., Encyklopedia gender (Warszawa: Czarna Owca, 2014).
The lecture is presented in cooperation with the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences and is part of the Tadeusz Solowij Lectures of the Kosciuszko Foundation.