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Crossing Boundaries

Studies in English Language, Literature, and Culture in a Global Environment

Edited By Richard Nordquist

The articles in this volume were originally presented in spring 2009 at an international conference hosted by the Institute of Germanic and Romance Languages and Cultures at Tallinn University in Estonia. The theme of «crossing boundaries» is reflected in the rich mix of genres, cultures, applications, and critical theories considered here. Indeed, these articles demonstrate that crossing boundaries can be a companionable journey as well an intellectually enriching experience.

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7 FOREWORD The articles in this volume were originally presented on May 28-29, 2009 at an international conference hosted by the Institute of Germanic and Romance Lan- guages and Cultures at Tallinn University in Estonia. The theme of “crossing boundaries” was reflected not only in the rich mix of genres, cultures, applica- tions, and critical theories considered in the conference papers but also in the warmth and generosity of our hosts, led by the Director of the Institute, Professor Suliko Liiv. These articles stand as a reminder of the invigorating scholarly ex- changes conducted at the conference and the fruitful new partnerships that were fashioned there. In notably different ways, the crossing of boundaries serves as both a theme and a critical method in two studies of contemporary novels. In “Gods That Are Dogs: Trickster Humour in Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water,” Paul Rüsse demonstrates how Eurocentric traditions are subverted through satire, par- ody, and pun in King’s comic treatment of contemporary Native American cul- ture. Julia Tofantšuk’s article, “Place, Ethics, and Identity in Anita Desai’s The Zigzag Way,” artfully reveals how an ecocritical perspective can synthesize, rather than compartmentalize, environmental and social concerns. Tofantšuk’s second article, co-written with Suliko Liiv, offers a multi- layered perspective on notions of individual identity through lucid explications of the linguistic, semiotic, and psychoanalytic theories of Boriss Gasparov, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Jacques Lacan, and Julia Kristeva. National identity is the subject of Žanna Razinkova’s comparative study of American, Canadian, and Estonian...

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