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Revolution, Evolution and Endurance in Anglophone Literature and Culture

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Edited By Małgorzata Martynuska and Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko

The essays collected in this book examine different aspects of change in literature and culture of the Anglophone world. The contributors analyse literary theory as well as individual literary works ranging from John Dryden’s poetry, through the 18th-century English novel, to the 20th-century drama and prose. The contributions also focus on visual arts and film, the socio-political context, and concern various aspects of British and American history, culture and economy.

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Modern Appropriations of Shakespeare: Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres (1991) (Anna Pietrzykowska-Motyka)

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Anna Pietrzykowska-Motyka

Modern Appropriations of Shakespeare: Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres (1991)

Abstract: The article discusses the modern appropriation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear in Jane Smiley’s novel A Thousand Acres (1991). The author strives to prove how the appropriation retains the grandeur and magnificence of the original piece, at the same time also marginalizing, side-lining, or even downgrading the source text.

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