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Characters in Literary Fictions


Edited By Jadwiga Wegrodzka

The book focuses on the category of character in fiction. It provides a general outline of different approaches to literary character followed by nineteen essays on individual authors from Conrad to Coetzee, on various genres from utopia, fantasy and gothic fiction to academic novel, and on characters’ extra-textual contexts from intertextuality to history and autobiography.
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Artur Blaim is Professor of English Literature at the University of Gdańsk. He is president of the Polish Shakespeare Society and Committee member of the Utopian Studies Society – Europe. His major book publications include Gazing in Useless Wonder. English Utopian Fictions 1516-1800 (2013), Aesthetic Objects and Blueprints. English Utopias of the Enlightenment (1997), The English Robinsonade of the Eighteenth Century (1990). He co-edited (with Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim) volumes: Texts of Literature, Texts of Culture (2005), Structure and Uncertainty (2008), Imperfect Worlds and Dystopian Narratives in Contemporary Cinema (2011), Spectres of Utopia. Theory, Practice, Conventions (2012), Mediated Utopias. From Literature to Film (2015). He is co-editor of Peter Lang series Mediated Fictions: Studies in Verbal and Visual Narratives.

Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim is Associate Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Gdańsk. She specializes in narratology, contemporary literature in English, campus fiction, academic mystery novel, and utopian/dystopian cinema. Her publications include monographs on T.S. Eliot’s poetry and drama (Wizje i re-wizje w poezji T.S. Eliota, [1996]; T.S. Eliot: “Murder in the Cathedral” [co-author, 1995]; Chaos and Cosmos in “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot [1994]) and Jerzy Kosinski’s novels (Gra w SS. Poetyka /nie/powieści Jerzego Kosińskiego [2005]). She co-edited with Artur Blaim and David Malcolm 7 volumes on literary and film studies. She is co-editor of Peter Lang series Mediated Fictions: Studies in Verbal and Visual Narratives.

Kamil Karaś is a doctoral student at the University of Gdańsk...

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