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Mediating the World in the Novels of Iain Banks

The Paradigms of Fiction


Katarzyna Pisarska

This book offers a detailed analysis of all mainstream novels of Iain Banks. It explores the question of mediation, the process of a semiotic (re)construction of the world on the part of Banks’s characters, with reference to the four directions of fictional worldmodelling, i.e. the four types of relationship between the individual and the world established by the author’s first novel, The Wasp Factory. In order to give justice to the extremely eclectic novelistic production of Iain Banks, the analysis of fifteen of his novels contained in the present study employs diverse interpretative «tools», fusing elements of various methodologies: structural-semiotic analysis supplemented by a mythographic approach along with psychological and gender specific theories.
Mediating the World in the Novels of Iain Banks: The Paradigms of Fiction thus develops a critical paradigm capable of uniting the extremely versatile mainstream production of this Scottish writer.
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I would like to express my gratitude to Professor Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim and Professor Artur Blaim, the general editors of the series, for their invaluable help and support in the preparation and publication of this book. I owe special gratitude to Professor Andrzej Zgorzelski (University of Gdańsk), who read the first draft of this book and offered illuminating comments and criticism. I would also like to thank Professor Zbigniew Mazur (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University of Lublin) for his kind assistance in my mediation studies. I am grateful to Professor Andrew Milner (Monash University, Melbourne), Professor Zofia Kolbuszewska (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) as well as the members of the Editorial Board of the series, Professor Joanna Durczak, Professor Fátima Vieira, Professor Antonis Balasopoulos, and Professor David Malcolm, for their kind suggestions which helped me to improve this book. I should express special thanks to Professor William Sullivan (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University of Lublin), without whose help the book as it is now would be impossible. I must not forget the kindness of my colleagues from the Department of English Literature at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Dr Justyna Galant, Dr Marta Komsta, Dr Urszula Terentowicz-Fotyga, Dr Andrzej Sławomir Kowalczyk, as well as Professor Anna Kędra-Kardela from the Department of Anglo-Irish Literature, who always lent a sympathetic ear. Last but not least, I would like to thank Jorge for his unwavering love, support, and encouragement, which helped me weather the crises and complete this book.

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