Political Correctness

Mouth Wide Shut?

by Wojciech Kalaga (Volume editor) Jacek Mydla (Volume editor) Katarzyna Ancuta (Volume editor)
©2009 Edited Collection 224 Pages
Series: Literary and Cultural Theory, Volume 32


The book addresses and interrogates discursive and cultural practices that are (or can be seen as) related to the well-established if elusive phenomenon known as Political Correctness or PC. The individual contributors look into PC-related cases within the humanities, literature, and the media. Accordingly, the publication is divided into three sections: Part I, «Revisiting the Issue: History, Theory, Language», examines PC in the contexts of three types of discourse: historical, theoretical and ideological, and linguistic. Part II, «Literary Case Studies», offers examinations of chosen literary works and authors. Part III, «The Media», looks at manifestations of PC-related issues in film and the popular magazine. Altogether the publication shows a variety of approaches to the PC phenomenon. The assumption of the editors is that while PC has indubitably penetrated contemporary culture, it continues to stir controversy. This scholarly debate is a response to what may be described as PC’s universal reign.


ISBN (Hardcover)
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Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 223 pp., 5 fig.

Biographical notes

Wojciech Kalaga (Volume editor) Jacek Mydla (Volume editor) Katarzyna Ancuta (Volume editor)

The Editors: Wojciech Kalaga is Professor of Literary Theory and English Literature, and Director of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures at the University of Silesia (Poland). He is editor-in-chief of the journal Er(r)go and has published widely on literary and cultural theory. Jacek Mydla is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of the same Institute. He conducts research in the history of British literature. Katarzyna Ancuta teaches at Assumption University, Bangkok. She is editor of Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society.


Title: Political Correctness