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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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Fatherlessness and postmodern society: Absent fatherhood and father hunger in Jonathan Safran Foer’s fiction (Joanna Antoniak)

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Joanna Antoniak

Fatherlessness and postmodern society: Absent fatherhood and father hunger in Jonathan Safran Foer’s fiction

Abstract: Postmodern society is characterised by cultural fatherlessness, with absent fatherhood and father hunger influencing every aspect of human life. In this article, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2012) are analysed as presenting father hunger as a universal postmodern condition.

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