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A Culture of Recycling / Recycling Culture?


Edited By Wojciech Kalaga, Marzena Kubisz and Jacek Mydla

The purpose of this volume is to address the notion of cultural recycling by assessing its applicability to various modes of cultural and theoretical discourse. The word «recycling» is here used collectively to denote phenomena such as cyclicity, repetition, recurrence, renewal, reuse, reproduction, etc., which seem to be inalienable from basic cultural processes. Part of our purpose in proposing this theme is a desire to trace, confront, interrogate, and theorise the surviving phantoms of newness and paradigms of creativity or dreams of originality, and to consider the need, a necessity perhaps, to overcome or sustain them, and, further, to estimate the possibility of cultural survival if it turns out, as it may, that culture is forever to remain an endless recurrence of the same.


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Preface PART I. ETERNAL RETURNS The Eternal Return of Veridical Rhetoric: Why Even Antifoundationalists Cannot Help Recycling Foundationalist Tropes Leszek Drong (University of Silesia) The Myth of Eternal Return: Melancholic Formation of Identity and Production of Cultural Icons Katarzyna Nowak (University of Wrocław) From a Theodrome to the Dance of Shiva-Nataraya – Recycling Aldous Huxley’s Views on Circularity in Nature and Culture Grzegorz Moroz (University of Białystok) Recycling (and Counter-Recycling) in William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Sean Hartigan (College of Foreign Languages in Częstochowa) PART II. BETWEEN HISTORY AND RELIGION Does the Bible Say What It Says? “The Circular Dance” of Feminist Biblical Interpretation Aleksander Gomola (Jagiellonian University) Precious Absence. Resurfacing of Christianity in Gianni Vattimo and Slavoj Žižek Ewa Rychter (The Angelus Silesius College, Wałbrzych) Recyclable Adam? On Dustbins of History and “the Dust of the Ground”: Jean Baudrillard’s and Thomas Merton’s Notions of Tradition Marta Zając (University of Silesia) Ruskin’s Recycling of the Middle Ages Justyna Pacukiewicz (Jagiellonian University) 7 11 21 27 35 45 53 73 81 Contents 6 PART III. CHALLENGING REPETITION “Memories are uncertain and the past that was differs little from the past that was not”: Some Reflections on the Repetitiveness and Originality of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian Hanna Boguta-Marchel (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities) Recycling the Self: Cultural Amnesia in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient Irena Księżopolska (Warsaw University) Recycling the Spectre: James Boaden’s Stage Adaptations of the Gothic Romance and the...

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