Olga Tokarczuk’s Primeval and other Times – Cultural and Ecological Linguistics Perspectives

Ewa Sławek

(Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach)
E-mail: ewaslawek[at]o2.pl
ORCID: 0000-0002-4566-4789
DOI: 10.31261/FLPI.2022.04.11
„Fabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica” 2022, nr 1

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Taking recourse to such concepts of cultural and ecological linguistics as the linguistic picture of the world, mental maps, stereotypes and linguistic ecosystem the article tries to reinterpret Olga Tokarczuk’s Primeval and Other Times. Our analysis demonstrates that the Nobel prize winning writer has constituted a historical, cultural, and social portrait of a part of Central Europe called “provincial Poland.” This cultural construction is composed of a system of truths and myths, as well as fictitious imaginings. These are mental cliches which still actively influence cultural and social behaviour in this part of the world. Ecological linguistics helped to identify ways in which Tokarczuk, assuming a proecological attitude, deconstructs the tradition of anthroponormative thinking.