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Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kitose duomenų bazėse / Article in other databases (S4)
Field of Science: Filologija / Philology (H004)
Author(s): Višomirskytė, Vijolė
Title: Maironio kaip Genius Loci vaizdinys lietuvių eseistikoje
Other Title: The image of Maironis as Genius Loci in Lithuanian essay writing
Is part of: Česlovo Milošo skaitymai 5 : Genius Loci - asmenybė ir kūryba kaip erdvės vaizdinys : [straipsnių rinkinys]. Kaunas : Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas, [T. 5], 2012
Extent: p. 9-18
Date: 2012
Note: Recenzentai: prof. dr. T. Solomonik-Pankrašova (VU); dr. D. Kuizinienė (VDU)
Keywords: Maironis;Esė;Metafora;Poezija;Literatūra;Maironis;Visual image;Metaphor;Essay;Poetry;Literature
Abstract: The article puts into dialogue the concept of genius loci (the spirit of place) with the representation of Maironis in seven essays by Lithuanian writers (Jonas Kossu-Aleksandravičius, Eduardas Mieželaitis, Tomas Venclova, Sigitas Geda, Gintaras Beresnevičius, Regimantas Tamošaitis, and Marcelijus Martinaitis) written from 1935 till 2012. Though Maironis is not explicitly named to be a spirit of place in these texts, the article aims to argue that these texts construct such an image implicitly and attempts to reconstruct it from the details in the texts, mostly from metaphors, as they are the main means of visualization, creating a perceptual image and making something to be seen as something else. Drawing upon the concept of genius loci in classical Roman culture, the article analyses the representation of Maironis first of all focusing on the etymological meaning of word genius – to engender or man’s power to engender – and shows that the image of engendering Maironis is created by the metaphors, which make us see Maironis as a father, mother, origin, and source of the Lithuanian poetry and culture. Then follows the analysis of the image of Maironis as a spirit, drawing upon the conception of “aura”, defined by Walter Benjamin as the appearance of the distance, and the metaphors, which make us see Maironis as being high, big, above the earth, and distant. The loci aspect as expressed by often used metaphor of house and home is also briefly discussed, arguing that the place, the spirit of which is Maironis, is the Lithuanian literature and culture. The analysis of the functions, which Maironis, as the spirit of place, gets in the essays, shows that some texts present Maironis as a guardian and the others stress his formative power. In all texts Maironis is represented as rigorous, austere, as the one who is always right, and it fosters the image of bad genius loci. [...]
Affiliation(s): Lituanistikos katedra
Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications
Česlovo Milošo skaitymai 2012, nr. 5

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