Narcyz i Galatea. Postać sztucznej kobiety w nowożytnej refleksji humanistycznej

The figure of Galatea – a female statue constructed by a male creator − appears in many works of fiction, being reused in similar, yet different guises throughout history, from oral myth to popular, modern fiction. The paper aims at investigating the relation between the sculptor and his work, proving that such a couple is a perfect psychological match, as the creation reflects the creator’s narcissistic features, being both his double and a perfect, idealistic woman of his dreams. The paper discusses several examples and contexts of such “Pygmalionesque delusions”, including literary works, old urban legends, classical movies and philosophical conceptions embedded in the myth, referring to the likes of Descartes’ theories of the body or the structural concept of liminality
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