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New Developments in Postcolonial Studies

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Edited By Malgorzata Martynuska and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko

This book analyses the applicability of postcolonial theories and contemporary issues, and also revisits previously tackled cultural, social and literary phenomena. The contributions examine contemporary social, economic and cultural processes. The authors look back at older cultural texts, coming from either former colonies or former colonisers. They furthermore refer to the fact that theories of postcolonialism are currently more frequently applied to study countries originally not classified as colonial. They attempt to define and explain the experiences of the native peoples of colonial territories in various historical situations of dependence.

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Russian Invaders and Their Polish Subjects from the Perspective of Władysław Lech Terlecki (Anna Jamrozek-Sowa)

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Anna Jamrozek-Sowa

Russian Invaders and Their Polish Subjects from the Perspective of Władysław Lech Terlecki

Abstract: After discussing the complex relations between postcolonial studies and Polish post-dependence studies the author of the article analyses Władysław Lech Terlecki’s Dwie głowy ptaka (1970), Wyspa kata (1999) and Czarny romans (1974), focusing, among others, on the use of the language by the colonisers, on imposing the dominant discourse upon the oppressed.

Key words: Polish literature, sovereignty, imperialism, post-dependence studies, identity.

The Polish post-dependence discourse is focused particularly on the study of Polish literature created in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This is due to the fact that at the end of the eighteenth century, the lands of the former, dominant, territorially and economically powerful Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was finally partitioned and fell to the status of provinces of the three powers: Russia, Austria-Hungary and Prussia. Some Polish researchers consider these countries as colonial powers and understand the situation of Poles in terms of colonial dependency. After a period of sovereignty in the years 1918–1939 Poland again became strongly dependent upon its powerful eastern neighbour–the Soviet Union.

Post-dependence studies, popular in Poland, remain in complex relations with postcolonial studies. Drawing from the mainstream methodological inspirations and conceptual instruments of the latter, it tries to designate an independent area of research and develop a method of description dissimilar to that adopted in the area of...

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