Act of Vandalism or Memory Communication? Some Thoughts on Polish-Lithuanian Graffiti Writing Tradition
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Kšištof Tolkačevski
Vilnius University, Lithuania
Published 2020-01-13
https://doi.org/10.15388/Knygotyra.2019.73.34
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graffiti
epigraphy
inscription
Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth
Jan Chryzostom Pasek
Michał Tyszkiewicz
Jan Potocki
Juliusz Słowacki
Franciszek Zabłocki
Henryk Bogdański
Józef Kopeć
Darja Menshikova

How to Cite

TolkačevskiK. (2020) “Act of Vandalism or Memory Communication? Some Thoughts on Polish-Lithuanian Graffiti Writing Tradition”, Knygotyra, 730, pp. 62-78. doi: 10.15388/Knygotyra.2019.73.34.

Abstract

As a form of literacy, graffiti has existed throughout the ages. Many researches on epigraphy show that many examples of graffiti were left intact from the period of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. However, the purpose of their appearance was merely disputed in the scientific community.
The main aim of this research is to ascertain the motives of the habits of inscribing graffiti among Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealths citizens. This study is a qualitative research that seeks an in-depth understanding of the phenomena of writing graffiti. Basic material for the research was gathered from ego-documents that are focused on the personal lives and experiences of the writers. The research is based on a detailed contextual analysis of several cases (case study method).
This article examines several cases and gives some light on how and why graffiti were made. However, for more ample and accurate results, more extensive research must be done.

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