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      Geralt of Poland: The Witcher 3 Between Epistemic Disobedience and Imperial Nostalgia

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          This article is a reading of The Witcher 3 in relation to postcolonial approaches to Polish culture. It departs from an analysis of an online debate on racial representation in the game as a possible act of epistemic disobedience, and moves on to a consideration of three narrative aspects of the game itself: its representation of political struggle, the ideological stance of the protagonist, and ethnic inspirations in worldbuilding. By referring those three issues to postcolonial analyses of Polish culture, as well as Walter D. Mignolo’s concept of decolonization through epistemic disobedience, this article aims to demonstrate paradoxical qualities of the game, which tries to simultaneously distance itself from the established, West-oriented ways of knowledge production and gain recognition as an artifact of modern Western pop culture. Moreover, it employs the tradition of Polish Romanticism to establish itself as a bridge between Slavdom and Western culture, and strengthen the colonial idea of Poland being the proper ruler over Slavs.

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                2056-6700
                Open Library of Humanities
                Open Library of Humanities
                2056-6700
                30 January 2018
                2018
                : 4
                : 1
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                [1 ]Department of Anthropology of Literature and Culture Studies, Faculty of Polish Studies, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, PL
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                10.16995/olh.216
                Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s)

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                Postcolonial perspectives in game studies

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