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Political Correctness

Mouth Wide Shut?


Wojciech Kalaga, Jacek Mydla and Katarzyna Ancuta

The book addresses and interrogates discursive and cultural practices that are (or can be seen as) related to the well-established if elusive phenomenon known as Political Correctness or PC. The individual contributors look into PC-related cases within the humanities, literature, and the media. Accordingly, the publication is divided into three sections: Part I, «Revisiting the Issue: History, Theory, Language», examines PC in the contexts of three types of discourse: historical, theoretical and ideological, and linguistic. Part II, «Literary Case Studies», offers examinations of chosen literary works and authors. Part III, «The Media», looks at manifestations of PC-related issues in film and the popular magazine. Altogether the publication shows a variety of approaches to the PC phenomenon. The assumption of the editors is that while PC has indubitably penetrated contemporary culture, it continues to stir controversy. This scholarly debate is a response to what may be described as PC’s universal reign.
Contents: Bruno Arich-Gerz/Isabel Wojtovicz: Challenging PC: World War II Victimhood, the Discrimination for and the Nazistically Challenged – Leszek Drong: The Trouble with Liberalism: Stanley Fish’s Critique of Multiculturalism, Free Speech, Neutral Principles and Political Correctness – Djelal Kadir/Paweł Jędrzejko: Between Self and State: on Discourses of Political Correctness. A Dialog – Ewa Łukaszyk: Political/Religious Correctness as a Cardinal Point of Reflection: a Hindrance and a Temptation – Tomasz Kalaga: The Politics of Correctness: Henry A. Giroux and the Rhetoric of Ideology – Sławomir Masłoń: Sovereign Correctness – Maciej Nowak: «Those Poor Decrepit Parts of Our Species»: or, the Double Edge of Political Correctness – Irina Perianova: Is Big Really Beautiful? Political Correctness and the Language of Avoidance – Marta Zając: Political Correctness as Homemaking. Between Ethics and Hysteria – Rafał Borysławski: The Un-Mouth? Political Correctness and Pornography in the Fabliaux – Kevin Hannan: «Le(c)h Loves Stupid Ludmila»: Ethnography, Slav Stereotypes and Political Correctness in Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird – Anna Popiel: «He conquered in earth’s name»; or, on Ted Hughes and Archetypal Correctness – Erhard Reckwitz: Mouth Wide Open: Political Satire in Post-Apartheid South Africa – David Schauffler: Moral Correctness and the Artwork: the Case of Knut Hamsun – Andrzej Wicher: Some Thoughts on Political Correctness and on the Possibility of a Civilised Version of «Political Incorrectness» Exemplified by Joseph Conrad’s The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’ – Katarzyna Ancuta: Mermaids in Manholes with Ebola Syndrome; or, Political (In)Correctness Oriental Style – Jacek Mydla: Toying with Stories – Eric Starnes: Brothers in Arms: Maxim Magazine, The Man Show and the Return of Knuckledragger Culture to Amercian Society.