The joy of crossing the dark line of script

Tomasz Kamusella*

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The standard image of research as toil, method and the principle of objectivity appears sterile, mechanistic and devoid of human agency. But research to happen requires scholars, who are passionate about their subjects of investigation. ‘Doing research’ brings them physical pleasure, which pushes scholars beyond the formal boundaries set in a contract with a university or a grant-making institution. Pecuniary compensation is secondary and rarely adequate for compensating the effort and time expanded. The joy of discovery is the ultimate payback. The first stepping stone to research and then to other scriptaly differentiated fields of enquiry leads through the acquisition of the skill of reading (and often writing). Initially, it comes in the writing system of a person’s first language, but then other scripts tend to follow. This feat of mastering a script always frustrates before achieved, but eventually brings the joy of opening the door to another human world.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15653
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalFabrica Litterarum Polono-Italica
Issue number1 (7)
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2024


  • Joy
  • Emotions
  • Scripts
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Iberia
  • Central Europe
  • Yiddish
  • Spanyol
  • Holocaust


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