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Władysław Panas

Władysław Panas

About Władysław Panas/Polish web-site>>>
City is a book, it can also be that city is a poem - professor Panas was the first to treat a particular city that way. Thanks to this he became the discoverer of magical Lublin and its multiculturality. He was also an writers of Jewish origin works interpreter. He gave inspiring lectures, wrote numerous articles and books which put works by Brunon Schulz in new light.
See Władysław Panas's guide around magical Lublin>>
Read the special issue of "Scriptores" contributed to prof. Władysław Panas>>>
Place of Birth
Student Years
Didactic Work
Professional Fascinations
Major Publications
Place of Birth

Władysław Ludwik Panas, literature theoretician and historian, was born on 28th March, 1947, in Western Pomerania. He was born in Dębica, in Kołobrzeg poviat. He passed matura exam in 1966 in a High School in Kołobrzeg.

prof. W. Panas on Lublin. A fragment from "Magical City"( "Magiczne miasto") film
by N. Ziółkowska-Kurczuk, TVP Lublin

Student years

He started studies on Polish Philology in the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań. There, he took part in famous March demonstrations. In March 1968 he took part in students' protest -which led to his arrest by SB (communist Security Service) on the second day. He was sentenced to two years in prison, and later relegated from the university. Read censored correspondence from those years>>
Then, he came to continue his studies in Lublin in The Catholic University of Lublin (KUL). His debut was a critical essay on Tadeusz Gajcy's poetry in "Polonista" magazine. In 1972, he completed the faculty of Polish Philology and defended his MA thesis - On the Concept of Language in Bruon Schulz prose.
In the 1970s he cooperated with the underground periodical "Spotkania".Read more about "Spotkania" activity>>

He was editing staff member of "Miesiące" in the period when the "Solidarity" was forming. During the martial law he wrote articles under different pseudos.

Didactic Work   (More memories by prof. S. Sawicki on W. Panas's work method >>)

1974- Employed as trainee assistant in the Polish Literature History Department of the Catholic University of Lublin
1984- He defended a Ph.D. thesis W kręgu metody semiotycznej. Literatura-sztuka-kultura (On the Semiotic Method. Literature-Art-Culture)
1997- Publishing of a thesis presented to qualify as an assistan professor Księga blasku. Traktat o kabale w prozie Brunona Schulza (The Book of Radiance. A Treatise on The Kabbalah in Brunon Schulz's Prose)
1998- Obtaining associate professor's title
2000- Head of Interdepartamental Research on Religious Literature Division KUL; nomination for KUL professor
2000-2005- Head editor of "Roczniki Humanistyczne" ("Humanities Yearbooks") KUL
2003- Obtains full professor's title
Władysław Panas's Ph.D. Diploma, 1984
The Humanities Professor's Diploma, 2003

For many years he was the head of KUL Department of Literature Theory and a member of, among others,.: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL (KUL Academic Society), Towarzystwo Literackie im. Adama Mickiewicza (Literary Society of Adam Mickiewicz), Rada Naukowa IBL PAN (IBL PAN Academic Committee), Stowarzyszenie Pisarzy Polskich (Polish Writers' Association).
Academic Fascinations   (Audition by Agaty Koss contributed to W. Panas>>)

The professor was fascinated by vanished world of Lublin Jewish culture. He was inspired by Hasidic Judaism and mistical Kabbalah. He gave a particular contribution to revealing the intriguing history of Grodzka Gate and its multicultural tradition. He saw it as the center of the world and read its magical space, seeing analogies in equal distances from the Grodzka Gate to Po Farze Square and from the Gate to the tzadik's house at Szeroka 28 St.

One of his essays - Oko cadyka (Tzadik's Eye) - became sort of ?alternative guidebook" around the city. There, he presented his reading of contemporary Castle Square as a kind of "center of the world", Axis Mundi, the place where time stops and the forces of Good and Evil are still fighting with one another. This is how he saw the space which used to be a Jewish district with an important tzadik, Jakub Izaak Horowitz, known as "The Seer from Lublin's" home.
He actively supported promotion of Schulz's works in his hometown, where he became the się spiritus movens of establishing Museum of Brunon Schulz and the International Festival in Drohobycz. He organized the biggest scientific and cultural session in Poland on 110th anniversary of Brunon Schulz's birth and the 60th anniversary of his death . Drohobycz in Ukraine was a town dear to him, which is proven by his last book.

prof. W. Panas reads Czechowicz

He was also interested in output by Józef Czechowicz, Zbigniew Herbert, Leo Lipski and Aleksander Watt. His studies included also orthodox tradition and icons.


 2003- Awarded Nagroda Artystyczna Miasta Lublina (Lublin City Artistic Award) for culture spreading for the year 2002

 2005- He was given a honorary degree by the University of Ivan Franka in Drohobycz
          Read what Lviv >>
          and Drohobycz newspapers wrote on the subject>>

Major Publications

W kręgu metody semiotycznej, Lublin 1991
Pismo i rana. Rzecz o problematyce żydowskiej w literaturze polskiej, Lublin 1996
Księga blasku. Traktat o kabale w prozie Brunona Schulza, Lublin 1997
Bruno od Mesjasza. Rzecz o dwóch ekslibrisach oraz jednym obrazie i kilkudziesięciu rysunkach Brunona Schulza, Lublin 2001
Oko cadyka, Lublin 2004
Tajemnica siódmego anioła. Cztery interpretacje, Lublin 2005
Willa Bianki. Mały przewodnik drohobycki dla przyjaciół, Lublin 2006
Znak kabalistyczny. O "Poemacie" Józefa Czechowicza. Fragmenty, Lublin 2006

He died on 24 January, 2005. He was buried on the cemetary at Lipowa St .

We thank Professor Panas's family: wife Teresa and children: Marta, Paweł and Rafal for help with creating the site and for texts and documents from their famil archive.

                                                                                                                  By Aleksandra Zińczuk,
                                                                                                    /Translated by Piotr Wojcieszuk/



Józef Łobodowski, Józef Czechowicz, Oskar Hansen, Władysław Panas, Anna Langfus, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nimrod Ariav , Edward Hartwig, Adina Cimet,


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