The Wandering Jew (Ahaswer) theme in literary works of Aleksander Wat
 
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Instytut Filologii Polskiej, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Polska
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Karolina Król   

Instytut Filologii Polskiej, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Polska
Submission date: 2020-09-27
Final revision date: 2020-12-31
Acceptance date: 2021-01-05
Publication date: 2021-03-30
 
Studia Humanistyczne AGH 2021;(1):75–90
 
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The article analyses the Wandering Jew theme in literary works of Aleksander Wat. The author focuses on those texts which have been neglected by researchers analysing this theme. An important part of article is the analysis of Wat’s notebooks and letters to his wife. The Wandering Jew theme in literary works of Aleksander Wat transforms from the figure of collectivity into the figure of individual fate. Moreover, Wat interprets Ahaswer by means of the writer’s own life. Ahaswer in later works of Aleksander Wat begins to show a consciousness of gulit and has a need to make atonement. An attempt of interpreting Ahaswer’s fate as a modernistic figure can be made on the basis of chronologically last Wat’s texts pondering on the life of the Wandering Jew.