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Old Challenges and New Horizons in English and American Studies


Edited By Anna Walczuk and Wladyslaw Witalisz

The volume is a collection of essays representative of the wide focus of research encouraged and coordinated by the Polish Association for the Study of English (member of ESSE). Articles selected for the volume deal with works of poetry, drama and prose written in English and invite the reader to view them in the context of intercultural and intertextual discourse. Authors discussed in the articles include: John Redford, William Shakespeare, John Dryden, James Macpherson, John Clare, Anna Radcliffe, Horace Walpole, George Gordon Byron, Charles Dickens, G.K. Chesterton, T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, T.F. Powys, Patrick White, Brian Friel, Brendan Behan, Philip Roth, Alice Walker, Chaim Potok, Ian McEwan, Kiran Desai, and Sarah Kane. In many of the essays the reader will notice a meta-discursive argument on the interplay between tradition and innovation in English studies.
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The Imposition of Power and Beliefs in Postcolonial Irish Drama: An Analysis of Brian Friel’s Translations and Philadelphia, Here I Come!


Joanna Zadarko

Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań

In the last decades, postcolonial discourse has become prevailing when it comes to literatures deriving from subjugated countries, including Ireland. Although Anglo-Irish relations began over seven centuries ago, the traces of British hegemony and colonialism can still be traced in the twentieth-century Irish literature (drama). Postcolonialism deals with the inevitable cultural and social consequences that were aroused by the process of colonialism.

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