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Literary and cultural forays into the contemporary

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Edited By Katarzyna Więckowska and Grzegorz Koneczniak

This book offers a collection of essays in literary and cultural studies. The articles explore a wide range of distinct problems and texts with the aim to question the already known and to interrogate the realms of ethics, literature, history and cultural identities. The contributors not only revive the meanings and values as they were lived at the time of creating the specific works, but also point to the ways in which these meanings continue to function for contemporary readers.

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Joanna Antoniak graduated from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń with a master’s degree in English in 2013. In 2015, she earned a certificate in teaching Polish as a foreign language. Currently, she works as a freelance translator and proof-reader, studies Applied Linguistics at NCU, and is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Languages, NCU. Her academic interests include postmodern literature and culture, postcolonial literature, and British pop culture.

Małgorzata Borońska obtained her BA degree in 2013 for a thesis on the portrayal of the soldier in Wilfred Owen’s war poetry. It compared two periods of Owen’s writing: before and after his stay in the Craiglockhart War Hospital. In her MA work, defended in 2015, she focused on the representation of body and identity in Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler and Black Swan. Its theoretical framework was based on social constructionist and psychoanalytical approaches to the body.

Paula Dutko studied English in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń in the years 2010–2015. Her MA thesis was titled Trauma and the Holocaust: The experience and passing of trauma through generations. Her main research interests are Jewish culture and history, as well as studies of trauma.

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