The series Studies in Literature in English publishes in the field of English Language and Literature, also including the newly emerging literatures written and published in English whose authors may represent various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The editor Professor Liliana Sikorska aims to cover a wide range of approaches with the collected volumes, starting from discourses on history in English literature, the theory of literature, self-fashioning and self-representation in literature, and Colonialism in Art and Literature.
Edited by Liliana Sikorska
Classical Themes in Literature in English
This book investigates and interprets the presence of classical motifs in English literature. Each article looks at the different formula of allusion and/or intertextuality various English authors have employed rendering the classical themes in their literary works. The meaning of the word «classical» in the present volume refers solely to the works written in the Classical period, thus here classical means Greek and Roman literature. The authors attempt to bring forth various aspects of classical literature which have manifested themselves in literature in English (i.e. British literature as well as post-colonial and Canadian literature). By turning to the so-called classical background we hope to bridge two alternative forms of critical conventions namely that of «tradition» and the newer (and ever more popular) approach of intertextuality.
This book investigates and interprets various social ideologies in the moralities and interludes, dramatic texts of the late medieval period. Most of the selected plays have not been previously analyzed from the perspective of the linguistic and ideological content. Seen within the larger cultural context, mainly compared with other non-dramatic texts of the period, these texts represent rich sources of those social ideologies whose aim was to create principled individuals and a morally sound, well-functioning society.
Re-Mapping (Post)Colonialism in Art and Literature in English
Empty treasure chests dumped from departed ships is a quotation taken from David Dabydeen’s poem The Old Map in which the hope of a new world is green but green symbolizes also the gangrene of the sailors. Such rather unsavory paradoxes can be found in the works of contemporary (post)postcolonial writers, who engage in a dialogue with literary history while actively re-shaping contemporary culture. Far from seeking easy reconciliations, the contemporary (post)postcolonial writers rewrite the colonial experiences in relation to art and literary works. The theme of this volume are the works by and about David Dabydeen, a Guianese British writer, poet and literary scholar, whose efforts have always been directed toward re-creating the lives forever lost; those of nameless slaves and coolies of the West Indies. His inspiration, in turn were, among others, the paintings of William Hogarth and Joseph Mallord William Turner. Accordingly, the papers collected in this book address the question of (post)colonialism in a contemporary (post)postcolonial reality.
Essays on Irish Literature
In Plato’s Symposium, Socrates says that the true poet must be tragic and comic at the same time, and the whole of human life must be felt as a blend of tragedy and comedy. The present collection of essays investigates the presence of comic and tragic elements in Irish literature. The works by Irish authors, be they classical or contemporary, capture the struggles of the lives of individuals and communities in Ireland. Irish literature in various ways deals with the tragic and complex past of the country, as well as an equally interesting present. The irony of the art is always subliminally filled with tragic overtones. Irish literature most commonly presents life’s ironies as inseparably linked with the personal tragedies of the characters. In literature, life is sometimes described, sometimes reflected in a distorted mirror. In reality, just as Plato claims, Irish literature appears as a blend of tragedy and comedy.
Essays on J.M. Coetzee
This book contains papers written by international scholars concerned with the works by the Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee. The papers cover a wide range of topics from the introduction to South African English literature through J.M. Coetzee’s autobiographical works to his most controversial Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace.
The Poetics of Literary Re-Reading
The continuous interest in medieval literature, history and culture, has resulted in a significant number of works on medievalism. Medievalism, however, has many faces, which range from motifs and themes loosely connected with the Middle Ages, to works set in the period. This book explores all such diverse aspects of medievalism and attempts to show the different ways in which consecutive literary periods appropriated medieval literature and culture.
Discourses of/on History in Literature in English
Literature in English is a term that has recently appeared to include both English literature in the traditional sense of the word and all the newly emerging literatures written and published in English whose authors may represent various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This series as well as the yearly Literature in English Symposium (LIES) organized by the Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, the School of English at Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań (Poland), respond to the current interest in wider mapping of English literature. Each year the symposium is devoted to a particular topic linked with the interests of an invited writer, whose presentation we also publish. The volume is devoted to the discourses of/on history as is the main area of interest of Adam Thorpe.
Travelling in Time and Space in Literature in English
Edited by Liliana Sikorska
This volume, entitled Of what is past, or passing, or to come: Travelling in Time and Space in Literature in English was inspired by the work of the writer, culture historian and mythographer Marina Warner and the professor of comparative literature Cathy Caruth. The lines quoted above are from W.B. Yeats’ Sailing to Byzantium, which are recalled by one of the characters in Marina Warner’s novel In a Dark Wood (1977). The articles included in this volume are devoted to the explorations of individual space and landscape of the mind through analyzing trauma and addressing psychological wounds, and to travels into fairy tales, oriental scenery real and imaginary as well as interrelationships between memory and fiction in non-fictional and fictional discourses.
The Landscape of the Afterlife in Medieval and Post-Medieval Imagination
Edited by Liliana Sikorska
This volume contains a selection of papers presented at the Medieval English Studies Symposium held in Poznań (Poland), in November 2009. The papers cover a wide range of approaches to the issue of the afterlife, heaven and hell in Old and Middle English as well as post-medieval literature.