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Critical Theory and Critical Genres

Contemporary Perspectives from Poland

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Edited By Charles Russel, Arne Melberg, Jaroslaw Pluciennik and Michal Wroblewski

This book is the result of a shared conviction of the necessity to advance the international discourse on criticism. What originated in ancient curiosity and developing self-reflexion became the critical thought of the modern era and then developed into a program of constant intellectual contestation and struggle allied with various ideologies to subsequently become an integral part of post-structuralist culture theory and recently the New Humanities, also known as post-theory. The book positions itself within contemporary considerations of the theory and practice of criticism and presents texts by established and rising scholars and provides greater insights into various aspects of Polish intellectual culture during the past decades. The publication constitutes an important voice in the discussion on criticism by demonstrating the specific theoretical and pragmatic perspective of the debate in Poland in relation to Europe and the rest of the (post)modern world.
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Marek Kaźmierczak: Literary Theory as Critical Epistemology and Deontology: Notes on the Concerns in Fiction in Relation to the Images of the Holocaust in Mass Media

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Literary Theory as Critical Epistemology and Deontology: Notes on the Concerns in Fiction in Relation to the Images of the Holocaust in Mass Media

Marek Kaźmierczak*

Abstract

This paper presents how literary theory is tied with deontology and epistemology. The main hypothesis is that the theory of literature becomes a source of the multi-discursive tools of description and explanation of social problems which are modelled through the influence of mass media. The main thesis is illustrated through media representations of the Holocaust in contemporary culture.

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