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Literary and cultural forays into the contemporary


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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Preface (Katarzyna Więckowska and Grzegorz Koneczniak)


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Katarzyna Więckowska and Grzegorz Koneczniak


Foray: A sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something; a raid; A brief but spirited attempt to become involved in a new activity or sphere (Oxford Dictionary)

“The making of art,” as Raymond Williams claimed in 1977, is “a formative process” that is “never in the past,” but is incessantly made present again “in specifically active ‘readings’” (1977: 129). The present volume takes Williams’s statement as the point of departure to offer analyses of a variety of works by young scholars and to show their continuing validity for contemporary readers and critics. In a very literal sense, these readings are forays, that is, voyages into new territories by writers beginning their involvement with literary and cultural studies. Their incursions into the not-yet-known are also, metaphorically, struggles, whose ultimate aim may be described as one to discover and present “meanings and values as they are actively lived and felt” (Williams 1977:132) in what can be globally called the contemporary.

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