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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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Exiles or Invaders? – Scottish and Acadian Diasporic Identities as Depicted in Contemporary Nova Scotian Literature


Barbara Kijek

Uniwersytet Szczeciński

Regarded from a broad cultural studies perspective, identity can no longer be equated with a clear-cut label, an act of categorisation or straightforward definition. The forces behind its ongoing construction, preservation and transformation amply demonstrate its dynamic relational nature, increasingly dependent on the context. Even the seemingly most monolithic forms of collective identities, which are the identities of dispersed populations, recognise the complexity and inescapable ambivalence of the coloniser/colonised relations which historically led to their formation.

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