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«Of What is Past, or Passing, or to Come»

Travelling in Time and Space in Literature in English

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Liliana Sikorska

This volume, entitled Of what is past, or passing, or to come: Travelling in Time and Space in Literature in English was inspired by the work of the writer, culture historian and mythographer Marina Warner and the professor of comparative literature Cathy Caruth. The lines quoted above are from W.B. Yeats’ Sailing to Byzantium, which are recalled by one of the characters in Marina Warner’s novel In a Dark Wood (1977). The articles included in this volume are devoted to the explorations of individual space and landscape of the mind through analyzing trauma and addressing psychological wounds, and to travels into fairy tales, oriental scenery real and imaginary as well as interrelationships between memory and fiction in non-fictional and fictional discourses.
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Memory and forgetfulness in the recent Booker novels: Marta Wiszniowska-Majchrzyk, Kardynal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw

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Marta Wiszniowska-Majchrzyk, Kardynal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw

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The Booker books, awarded in the decades immediately before and after the turn of the century, participate the upsurge of interest in the past, revising it, authenticating memory and lending verisimilitude to the virtual reality of fiction. They take readers into a maze of the inner and the outer that is into personalized histories memory reveals and distorts, and the pursuit of knowledge about the past events interwoven with the present. There is an amazing range of devices the novels employ, though a certain tendency can also be discerned. Technical intricacies, such as various ways of evidencing memory (manuscripts, letters, etc.) are combined with comments on history, memory, and often sarcastic remarks on modern scholarship. Thus described, the Booker fiction may look strikingly innovative, which turns out to be only partly true, as several trajectories with the past history of the English novel show.

Cure her of that,

Canst thou not minister to a mind diseas’d,

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