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Inter-/Trans-/Unidisciplinary Methods – Techniques

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Edited By Beata Ptaszyńska, Paulina Stanik and Stanisław Świtlik

Cultural historians, literary scholars and linguists have been concerned with the question of how the world can be understood and represented in text. This volume presents new questions, methods and approaches in Humanism by promoting scholarly work of young researchers who participated in the Inter-/Trans-/Unidisciplinary Methods – Techniques – Structures conference in Warsaw, Poland. In their analyses, the authors shed new light on works of literature, foreign cultures and languages of the world by adopting broad perspectives and using various methods. It contains eleven articles organized into the following parts: The World in Languages and The World in Literature.

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Intercultural Literature, Interliterariness, and the “Bildungsroman” in Caribbean-American Women’s Writings (Giorgia Scribellito)

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Giorgia Scribellito

Intercultural Literature, Interliterariness, and the “Bildungsroman” in Caribbean-American Women’s Writings

Abstract: Focusing on literary theory, this article discusses “interculturalism” -an emerging approach- in Caribbean-American female literature focusing on four texts. First, we examine the origins and meaning of this approach introducing the notion of “interliterariness,” which can be considered a related concept. Second, we show the importance of an “intercultural” perspective to analyse Caribbean-American female Bildungsroman novels. By emphasizing that “interculturalism” seeks to highlight hybrid cultural points of views, we show that four Caribbean-American authors, namely, Raquel Cepeda, Audre Lorde, Jamaica Kincaid, and Julia Álvarez articulate novel “counter-hegemonic” visions of “gender,” “race,” and “feminism,” which challenge traditional point of views on these issues prevailing in the United States. We argue that the work of the authors under examination is, sometimes, well-known but it has not yet been fully analysed from an intercultural perspective and, as a result, the novelty of the views, which emerge from these texts, has not been grasped in full by scholars. This article seeks to build on existing scholarship on Caribbean-American literature to suggest a different angle to examine it.

Keywords: interculturalism, migration, Caribbean-American literature, hybridity, interliterariness

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Using an “interliterary” approach to the study of literature, this article discusses an emergent approach to investigate the experience of minority groups in the United States; this approach is called “interculturalism.” Through the suggested methodological analysis, it considers how Caribbean-American women construct their identity in...

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