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Old Challenges and New Horizons in English and American Studies


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 Poetics of the English Gothic Novel in the Light of Mikhail Bakhtin’s Theory


Joanna Piwowarska

Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków

Gothic fiction that had flourished in the second half of the 18th century remains among the most popular literary and cultural phenomena. Being part of a broader trend, manifested not only in literature but also in art and culture, it constantly arouses considerable interest among contemporary readers and critics. Numerous studies of the Gothic novel emerging throughout the 20th century and in the first decades of the 21st century represent various approaches determined by particular theories or schools of literary criticism. The most significant critical methods employed to discuss the Gothic derive from structuralist and deconstruction practice, psychoanalytic criticism, semiotics, feminist and gender studies. The present article is an attempt to show the relevance of the theories of Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) to the study of the Gothic novel.

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