The End of the Grand Narrative in Poland?


A Grand Narrative? Since a few months, Poland’s national history has been quite visible and palpable all over the country. This reminds me of the painting “Melancholia” by the well-known Polish symbolist painter, Jacek Malczewski (1854–1929). It shows Polish freedom fighters of the 19th century moving in the direction of the light. The path seems to be long and dangerous and it is obstructed by a female figure dressed in black – the Melancholia. How can one report these historical events? The question of historical narration or the grand narrative is more topical than ever. What should it look like? Which narratives does the interested public expect and how do the historiographic trends correspond to this?