Cień złotych skrzydeł. Polskie opcje napoleońskie w literaturze (Jacek Wójcicki)
The volume, entitled The Shadow of the Golden Wings. Polish Napoleonic Options in Literature, contains mostly materials from a conference organised for the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Duchy of Warsaw. The conference took place in October 2007 at the Institute for Studies on the Napoleonic Era at the Pułtusk Academy of Humanities. Authors of the featured articles reflect on the complex Polish-Napoleonic relations, searching for examples of the existence of the Napoleonic Legend. The texts discussed in Napis are public speeches, political brochures, occasional poetry (in Polish and in Latin, written by both Polish and English authors), memoirs of people associated with the Prussian court, sermons, as well as twentieth-century artistic prose. The Napoleonic section is completed by ‘Varia’, which include a review of the book Literatura w dydaktyce staropolskiej [Literature in Old-Polish Didactics] (Łódź, 2007), as well as articles relating to various periods: the beginning of the seventeenth century (an essay on the problems of Rzeczpospolita of the time, in the context of the work by the Lisowczycy’s chaplain, Wojciech Dembołęcki), the times of the Targowica Confederation (an article dedicated to the literary response of Inflanty bishop, Józef Kossakowski, to J.U. Niemcewicz’s The Targowica Bible, and to the biblical travesties of the Enlightenment, commenting on contemporary political events), as well as the years of the French Revolution (poet Adam Łabęcki and the political ideology in France at the end of the eighteenth century).