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Spectrum of Emotions

From Love to Grief


Edited By 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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Bożena Kucała - Reticence and Reclusion in William Trevor’s The Story of Lucy Gault


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Bożena Kucała

Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Reticence and Reclusion in William Trevor’s The Story of Lucy Gault

In an outline of William Trevor’s novelistic preoccupations, Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt observes that whereas representations of “disillusionment, violence and loneliness” persist in his fiction, his earlier works tended to show such experiences as inherent to the human condition, but his later fiction tends to link them to “Ireland’s colonial history” (409). The Story of Lucy Gault (2002) confirms this observation, since the tragedy it depicts results from the characters’ single brush with a history which is specifically Irish. The debacle of their lives parallels the decline of the Protestant Ascendancy and the erosion of the Big House tradition. In The Story… Trevor shows again his extraordinary talent for plausible portrayal of alienation by means of a “brilliant manipulation of point of view” and his “profound understanding of conflicting perspectives” (Fitzgerald-Hoyt 411). Trevor’s fiction abounds in “sympathetic portraits of outsiders” (Fitzgerald-Hoyt 406); the heroine of this novel is also a historical outsider, a relic of her social class who missed the proper time of departure.

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