Tom 177 (2023)

Heterotopie i nie-miejsca w powieści Jany Wagner „Pandemia”

Svetlana Pavlenko

Strony: 83-93



Yana Vagner’s novel To the Lake (2011) is called prophetic because the writer faithfully depicted a state of global pandemic, when there was no real-world precedent to such a situation in a contemporary setting. A pandemic is not only a litmus test that allows one to determine the state of society and the individual when faced with extreme conditions, but also a force that transforms reality. This article describes the peculiarities of the literary space in Vagner’s novel, as well as spatial metamorphoses caused by a fast spreading virus. The study is based on Michel Foucault’s idea of heterotopia and Marc Augé’s concept of non-places, and leads to the conclusion that the pandemic leads to the expansion of “no-man’s spaces” and heterotopic spaces. This includes residential buildings, vehicles, roads, towns, villages and cemeteries. The article also examines the parallels drawn by Vagner between the epidemiological catastrophe and World War II.

Zasady cytowania

Pavlenko, S. (2022). Heterotopie i nie-miejsca w powieści Jany Wagner „Pandemia”. Slavica Wratislaviensia, 177, 83–93.