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.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 223 pp., 5 fig.
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.