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Spectrum of Emotions

From Love to Grief


Wojciech Drąg and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak

The authors of this volume discuss the tangible need for a revision of the vocabulary of emotion used in literary criticism and culture studies. The articles offer a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to emotional states such as love, shame, grief, nostalgia and trauma. They demonstrate that the once stable concept of emotion disintegrates in the course of re-evaluation and is replaced by such notions as affects, passions, feelings and emotions. This volume examines the representations of emotion in drama, poetry and prose – from the anonymous Court of Love (ca. 1500) to Ali Smith’s How to Be Both (2014) – as well as in life writing, music, the visual arts and theology.
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Rachael Sumner - The Anatomy of Grief in Ali Smith’s Novel How to Be Both


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Rachael Sumner

State Higher Vocational School, Racibórz

The Anatomy of Grief in Ali Smith’s Novel How to Be Both

Referred to by UK publishers as “Super September,” September 2014 saw the release of a wealth of novels released by top British writers (Thorpe). These included Ian McEwan’s The Children’s Act, Sarah Waters’s The Paying Guests, David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks and Ali Smith’s How to Be Both. Smith was widely praised for her work, receiving first prize in the Costa Novel Awards, the Goldsmith’s Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. How to Be Both was also selected for the Man Booker shortlist.

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