In his time, Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz (1894–1980) became one of the most well-known, most influential, and most respected figures in Polish literature. As a founding member of the Skamander group, he was a leading innovator of Polish modernism during the Interwar period. As editor-in-chief of the long-running Twórczość [The literary scene] magazine from 1955 until his death in 1980, he supported the work of innumerable authors whose writings might not have been published otherwise.1 Though it is now over forty years since his passing, and despite some posthumous attacks against him due to his position as long-time chairman of the Polish Writers’ Union (and thus an official in the Communist party), Iwaszkiewicz's eminent status in Polish letters has largely remained unchanged since his death.2 Though much has been written about Iwaszkiewicz's life and work, there are two aspects that have gotten very little attention. The first is his involvement,...
Introduction: Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's The Teacher
Jack J. B. Hutchens is a part-time lecturer of Polish literature and culture at Loyola University Chicago. He has published extensively on Polish literature, including an article titled “Julian Stryjkowski: Polish, Jewish, Queer” in Canadian Slavonic Papers, which won the 2019 Article of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Slavists. He has also published a monograph entitled Queer Transgressions in Twentieth-Century Polish Fiction: Gender, Nation, Politics (2020). Hutchens recently participated in a Fulbright fellowship at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, where he also conducted research for a project on the author Jerzy Nasierowski. He is now working as a general contractor specializing in home improvement.
Jack J. B. Hutchens; Introduction: Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's The Teacher. The Polish Review 1 December 2023; 68 (4): 54–57. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/23300841.68.4.03
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