Literatura Ludowa. Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture 2021-12-23T08:55:39+01:00 Piotr Grochowski Open Journal Systems <p><em>Journal of Folklore and Popular Culture. Literatura Ludowa</em> is the quarterly double-blind peer reviewed Open Access academic journal published by The Polish Ethnological Society.</p><p>Intended to be both international in its scope and interdisciplinary in approach, the Journal provides a forum for wide-ranging, in-depth discussion on historical and contemporary forms of folklore as well as popular and vernacular culture. Our aim is to publish original papers in folklore research, cultural anthropology, culture studies and related fields concerning language, literature, religion, history, performance, communication and new media.</p><p><em><br /></em></p> Reading (about) The Polish People’s Republic: Justyna Tuszyńska and Dariusz Brzostek converse with Ryszard Ćwirlej 2021-12-22T19:04:24+01:00 Ryszard Ćwirlej Dariusz Brzostek Justyna Tuszyńska <p><strong>Ryszard Ćwirlej:</strong> sociologist, journalist, and writer; former Polish Television reporter and editor-in-chief of the newscast Telekurier. A lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. An author of numerous detective novels and an inventor of Polish “neo-militia literature”, a literary genre depicting the everyday life of the militiamen in the PRL (The Polish People’s Republic).</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Postsocialist nostalgia 2021-12-22T17:16:42+01:00 Dariusz Brzostek Justyna Tuszyńska 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Peasant resistance: From obsequiousness to revolution 2021-12-22T19:16:03+01:00 Elwira Wilczyńska <p>Review: Michał Rauszer, <em>Siła podporządkowanych</em>, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, Warszawa 2021.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Energy of the street 2021-12-23T07:41:16+01:00 Urszula Małecka <p>Review: The banner exhibition from the Women’s Strike. Barak Kultury, Poznań, November 23 – December 7 2020.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Liminality and sacrifice. Midsommar as an example of folk horror 2021-12-23T07:51:59+01:00 Aleksandra Krzyżaniak <p>Review: <em>Midsommar</em>. Written and directed by Ari Aster. Sweden/USA/Hungary 2019.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Fairytale traditions in the modern world: On the margins of the II Forum for Researchers of Belarusian Fairy Tales 2021-12-23T08:21:22+01:00 Tatsiana Valodzina Tatsiana Marmysh <p>Discussion on: II Forum for Researchers of Belarusian Fairy Tales (Minsk, May 27–29, 2021).</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 From folklore to literature and back: On mutual inspirations of folklore and literature 2021-12-23T08:45:18+01:00 Agnieszka Gołębiowska-Suchorska <p>Review: <em>Pesni literaturnogo proiskhozhdeniya v fol’klore Kemerovskoy oblasti: Khrestomatiya.</em> Sostavleniye, predisloviye,&nbsp; primechaniya Viktorii Viktorovny Trubitsynoy. Izdatel’stvo Sitall, Krasnoyarsk 2020.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Exploring the border of worlds and cultures 2021-12-23T08:55:39+01:00 Ewa Masłowska <p>Review: Piotr Braszak,<em> Na rozstajnych drogach, około północy. Doświadczenia graniczne we wschodniosłowiańskich i polskich pieśniach ludowych.</em> Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, Poznań 2021.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 I am a part of that power which eternally wills future and eternally glances into the past: Nostalgia as a source of socialism in early Stanislaw Brzozowski’s texts 2021-12-22T17:28:10+01:00 Aleksandra Siemieniuk <p>In order to understand the endurance of memory of socialism, it is necessary to conduct an analysis of the beginning of the socialist thought in Poland. In the article, the mechanisms of socialism origin in early Stanislaw Brzozowski’s texts are reconstructed. The analysis has been conducted within the context of prospective nostalgia, the experience of modernity, and the history of ideas.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Imperative nostalgia: Russian science fiction novels about moving to the 1970s USSR 2021-12-22T17:49:32+01:00 Eлена Kозьмина <p>The article examines selected novels by Russian science fiction writers concerning the transition of heroes in the 1970s of the Soviet Union. These novels began being published quite recently, mostly by the authors themselves. The article formulates the differences between such works and similar fantastic historical novels: the hero’s arrival into his own era, the absence of the motive of “reviving history”, etc. The analysis of the novels allows us to conclude that this particular image of the bygone Soviet era is built by not only describing real historical events, but also using myths and stereotypes concerning the USSR. Nostalgia for late socialism permeates the novels, while calls for the restoration of the Soviet Union are already formulated in the very titles. Accordingly, another kind of nostalgia stands out – an imperative one with the following features: the absence of a utopian image of a bygone time; an active character, which makes the nostalgic feeling the opposite of the elegiac one. This imperative nostalgia based on myths and stereotypes is shared by readers who see Perestroika as a human catastrophe that destroyed the “wonderful world”. In addition, they are close to the conversational aggressive style with which the novels are written, as well as the image of a self-righteous hero. Imperative nostalgia reflects the needs for the restoration of the Soviet Union that have formed in modern society.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 The formation of memory: Contemporary stories about ‘Gay-RL’ 2021-12-22T18:19:32+01:00 Justyna Tuszyńska <p>This paper constitutes an analysis of works depicting non-heteronormative reality of the Polish People’s Republic (pol. Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa/PRL) in the context of memory studies. The texts that are the subject of investigation focus on both homosexuality (mainly male) and the PRL with its everyday absurdities, as well as its social and political intricacies: Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jędrowski, Kryptonim Hiacynt (Codename Hyacinth) and Zbrodnia, której nie było (The Crime that Never Was) by Andrzej Selerowicz, Zatoka ostów (The Bay of Thistles) by Tadeusz Olszewski, and Gejerel (Gay-RL) by Krzysztof Tomasik. The analysis reveals numerous strategies and tactics for rewriting and substituting the memory of this part of the Polish history. All the texts examined in this paper use the same tactics, present the same motifs, and arise from the same need for filling the gaps in the collective memory. As a result, they create (a missing) narration that enters into dialogue with history. Hence, they can be understood, according to the definition formulated by Marianne Hirsch, as postmemory actions.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Justyna Tuszyńska Soundscape of the Polish People’s Republic: Nostalgia for the real socialism 2021-12-22T18:33:18+01:00 Dariusz Brzostek <p>The paper focuses on practices of the consumers of contemporary popular culture relating to the soundscape of the Polish People’s Republic. The subject of analysis includes re-editing of recordings of 1970’s and 1980’s, the return to analog media (vinyls, compact cassettes), crate digging, or looking for old records to sample, as well as such social media practices as blogging about the Polish socialist audio culture (music, radio broadcasting, hi-fi technology). The analyses point to how such practices try to reclaim and reconstruct the social memory of the forgotten socialist modernity perceived as an important part of everyday life and popular culture in the Polish People’s Republic.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Dariusz Brzostek Furniture with biographies: Minimalism, recycling and nostalgia in contemporary practices of dwelling 2021-12-22T18:48:37+01:00 Katarzyna Orszulak-Dudkowska <p>The paper presents a reflection on relations between people and material objects based on the results of ethnographic research on practices of dwelling within the space of Polish cities. The main subject of the analyses undertaken by the author are the ways in which furniture dating to the period of The Polish People’s Republic (PRL) functions in contemporary residential interiors, as objects&nbsp;with a rich cultural biography, which actively participate in contemporary practices of dwelling and play an important role in building the sense of identity of their current owners and users. The author perceives links between a nostalgic return to artefacts from the period of PRL and current social problems and challenges, mainly the overproduction of things and the need to halt climate change. Nostalgia in these considerations is understood as a kind of defence mechanism against the accelerated rhythm of changes occurring in the world, including climate and environmental changes; it is also an expression of the contestation of thinking about human life solely through the prism of purely economic categories.</p> 2021-12-23T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021