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Art, Ethics and Provocation

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Edited By Anna Suwalska-Kolecka and Izabella Penier

The main purpose of this volume is to look into a wide spectrum of artistic ventures which cross boundaries and challenge habitual thinking, consequently involving an element of provocation. While it is true that not all great art is provocative, the most memorable artefacts are these which have confounded our aesthetic expectations or stirred our moral imagination. However, as the turn of the millennium witnessed ever more shocking artistic gestures of provocation, the question arises if there are any limits to artistic freedom. The essays collected in this book offer a truly interdisciplinary perspective and deal with creative acts of transgression from a broad range of fields: literature, theatre, visual art, film, anthropology, and others. This volume will appeal to readers interested in artistic and academic pursuits that are subversive and irreverent.
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Demystifying Common Pain in Linda Hogan’s The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir

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Abstract: In her book Linda Hogan, a contemporary Native American writer, relates her life’s story not refraining from traumatic events. Hogan shares memories including her childhood, dubious teenage affair with a man twice her senior, drinking episodes, instances of abuse or her nearly fatal horse riding accident. Initially, the described events seem overly general. As the story unfolds, however, the events which are at first only alluded to become graver. The paper argues that individual’s pain may seem recognisable to readers regardless of their origin, since the experiences of suffering, abuse, poverty or discrimination appear common not exclusively in literature.

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