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John Bull and the Continent


Edited By Wojciech Jasiakiewicz and Jakub Lipski

Ever since John Arbuthnot published The History of John Bull in 1712, the figure of John Bull has stereotypically personified the best and the worst traits of the British (or English) national character. The present work takes the eponymous juxtaposition as an incentive to study the variety of multi-faceted contacts between the two sides. Given the recent attempts at a re-definition of the relationship between Britain and the Continent – best visible in the turmoil over Britain’s EU membership – the results of the research will hopefully stimulate discussion about John Bull’s ever-changing presence within or without the Continent.
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Adam Aleksandrowicz lives and works in Lublin, Poland. He is a graduate of Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, and his master’s thesis concerned space in the nineteenth-century English novel. His scholarly interests are centred around contemporary English fiction, and he is currently preparing his doctoral dissertation on the novels of Graham Swift. His recent publications include articles on Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan.

Michał Borodo is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Kazimierz Wielki University, Bydgoszcz, where he is also the Head of Postgraduate Studies for Translators and Interpreters. He has published on various topics in Translation Studies, and his main research interests include translation and language in the context of globalisation, the translation of children’s literature and comics, as well as translator training.

Miłosz K. Cybowski is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Southampton. His research concentrates on the Polish-British relations in the nineteenth century, particularly in the period following the November Uprising. He is an active member of the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research and the editor of the online Polish cultural journal “Esensja” (

Stephen Dewsbury is Senior Lecturer at the University of Opole. He has published on a variety of themes which include such topics as a criticism of the excesses of the conservative political elite and the Bullingdon Club, an analysis of ugliness in the post-colonial discourse of the Ghanaian author Ayi Kwei Armah, and an examination of capital punishment by hanging...

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