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

Travelling in Time and Space in Literature in English


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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Studies in Literature in English (SILIE) is a series published by Peter Lang Verlag which focuses on literature in English. “Literature in English” is a relatively new term coined recently to include both English literature in the traditional sense of the word and all the newly emerging literatures written and published in English whose authors may represent various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. New books and journals devoted specifically to this area and other related areas of research have begun to appear and regular annual or bi-annual conferences have also been organized. This series, as well as our yearly Literature in English Symposium (LIES) respond to this growing interest, the latter is organized by the Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, at the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. Each year the symposium hosts an eminent contemporary writer and an eminent contemporary scholar; the topic of the conference is based on the presenter’s literary interests. In previous years our guest speakers have been Leland Bardwell, Lindsay Clarke, Anthony Cronin, Paul Durcan, Anne Haverty, Kevin Lavin, Andrew Miller, Adam Thorpe, David Dabydeen and Pauline Melville while our plenary speakers included Professor Leszek Drong, Professor Jerzy Jarniewicz, Professor Wiesław Krajka, Professor Marta Wiszniowska and Professor Jerzy Limon among others.

This year’s Studies in Literature in English contains selected papers delivered at LIES 2012, as well as papers written by scholars interested in the topic. Like the previous volumes, its title carries a quotation from a literary text,...

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