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Modernist Night: Distortion, Regression, and Oblivion in the Fiction of Bruno Schulz

Henry Sussman

in Idylls of the Wanderer

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227693
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823227693.003.0007
Modernist Night: Distortion,             Regression, and Oblivion in the Fiction of Bruno Schulz

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This chapter examines the presentation of modernist night in the novels of Polish writer Bruno Schulz. It explains that Schulz conjures up this modernist night in order illustrate the temporal anomalies of narrative art and to assemble a catalog or stamp album of the developments in 20th century culture that he witnesses from the perspective of Polish “minor literature”. His discourse provides early 20th century Western culture the retrospect that the character of Father Jacob achieves through incarceration in Schulz's Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass.

Keywords: Bruno Schulz; night in literature; narrative art; modernist night; Sanatorium under the Sign of the Hourglass; Polish literature

Chapter.  10992 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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