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Memory performance in William Golding’s “Envoy Extraordinary”

3 Nov

Marek Pawlicki University of Silesia in Katowice Abstract. William Golding’s fascination with history is evident both in his essays and his novels. In an essay titled “Digging for Pictures” he observes that one of the main driving forces in his work as an amateur archaeologist was his desire for “a connection with the past.” Knowing […]

Voluntary and involuntary memory in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape

3 Nov

Jadwiga Uchman University of Lodz Abstract. Even though Krapp’s Last Tape presents a single character on the stage, it does not seem to adhere to the typical characteristics of a monodrama since, in fact, we become acquainted with three different Krapps. On the one hand, there is the 69-year-old Krapp visible on the stage, celebrating […]

REMEMBERING / FORGETTING Vol. 2 – EDITORIAL

3 Nov

As has already been observed by our colleagues, Sylwia Borowska-Szerszun and Tomasz Sawczuk, in Volume One of Remembering/Forgetting ( Crossroads 14), memory studies have been gaining increased and unwavering attention for the last few decades. Even if Roediger and Wertsch (19) argue that “unless and until proper methods and theories are developed to lead to […]

Ways of forgetting: Memory and identity in Alzheimer’s fiction

30 Oct

Katarzyna Więckowska Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń Abstract. Alzheimer’s is a disease that poses a challenge to the established ways of thinking about the relation between memory, identity and narrative. In this article, I offer a reading of Lisa Genova’s Stil Alice (2007), Stefan Merrill Block’s The Story of Forgetting (2008), and Matthew Thomas’s We […]

The witness of the unspoken experience: Postmemory in Bernice Eisenstein’s I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors

30 Oct

Aleksandra Kamińska University of Warsaw Abstract. In the graphic memoir I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors (2006) Bernice Eisenstein examines her identity as a second generation survivor, tells stories about her parents, and depicts the community of survivors in Toronto. Eisenstein’s memoir is most often described as a graphic novel. However, the book is a […]

Childhood memories in three novels by Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint, The Plot Against America, and American Pastoral as pivotal components of the protagonists’ identities

30 Oct

Stefan Kubiak  University of Białystok Abstract. The objective of the paper is to discuss Philip Roth’s approach to the Jewish community in Newark, where he spent his childhood and where he chose to set several of his novels. Roth’s narrations referring to his hometown are written in the first person singular and often take the […]

Oblivion and vengeance: Charles II Stuart’s policy towards the republicans at the Restoration of 1660

27 Oct

Paweł Kaptur Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce Abstract. The Restoration of Charles II Stuart in 1660 was reckoned in post-revolutionary England both in terms of a long-awaited relief and an inevitable menace. The return of the exiled prince, whose father’s disgraceful decapitation in the name of law eleven years earlier marked the end of the British […]

The Mirabal sisters and their testimonio in Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies

27 Oct

Anna Maria Karczewska University of Białystok Abstract. The Mirabal sisters opposed the regime of Rafael Trujillo, a notorious Dominican dictator who terrorized the nation for almost 30 years. Their brutal deaths on the dictator’s order served as a catalyst for change. The sisters became heroines and martyrs in the fight against Trujillo’s repressive regime, and […]

Michael Crummey’s River Thieves in the light of rescue history

27 Oct

Ewelina Feldman-Kołodziejuk University of Białystok Abstract. Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Michael Crummey uses his inside knowledge to describe the region’s peculiarities in vivid detail. All four of his novels are set in Newfoundland and weave a story of its inhabitants throughout different moments in the island’s history. Though Crummey’s prose is broadly […]

Houses as sites of memory in Penelope Lively’s writings

27 Oct

Bożena Kucała Jagiellonian University, Kraków Abstract. This paper will analyse the representation of houses in selected novels and non-fiction by Penelope Lively. Houses feature in her writings as material objects as well as immaterial forms created by the human psyche; they may also be conceptualised as organic beings whose lives mirror the lives of their […]