Houses as sites of memory in Penelope Lively’s writings

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…

A multimodal perspective on metaphors and metonymies in art: A case study of the artwork Agora by Magdalena Abakanowicz

Dorota Dąbrowska University of Warsaw Abstract. The article is a semiotic study of the artistic installation Agora designed by a famous Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz, based on the theoretical grounds of Cognitive Semantics. Metaphor and metonymy are conceptual processes whose communicative function is discussed in the paper, in particular, their role in deciphering possible meanings…

Understanding Self and Others: Marriage Scenarios in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed Indiana University Bloomington Abstract. Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier and Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina establish a literary and cultural dialogue through the exploration of the individual’s private space. The two writers are undoubtedly intrigued by a fluid nature of the individual: marriage appears to reveal inner conflicts, doubts, anxieties, as well as…

Parallaxes as Means of Organizing Memory in Travel Narratives of Patrick Leigh Fermor and Ryszard Kapuściński

Grzegorz Moroz University of Białystok Abstract. This paper offers a comparative analysis of travel narratives of two key contemporary writers: Patrick Leigh Fermor and Ryszard Kapuściński. Fermor’s A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople; From the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (1977), Between the Woods and the Water (1986), and The Broken…

Why is Kwame Anthony Appiah’s proposal to dismiss the concept of “The West” premature?

Stefan Kubiak University of Białystok Abstract. This paper is a response to Kwame A. Appiah’s article “There is no such thing as western civilisation” published in The Guardian of 9 November 2016. Appiah’s proposal to dismiss the term ‘western civilisation’ seems premature since it is strongly established in the humanities and social sciences. Discussing selected…

Genderlect as discourse in Yoruba movies

Joseph Babasola Osoba Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo Sola Grace Oluwamusanmi University of Lagos 10.15290/cr.2016.12.1.03 Abstract. This paper offers an analysis of gender discourse of Yoruba male and female movie characters. The Yoruba speech community is one of the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria. Their genderlect is examined and investigated in terms of their use…

Polysemy in language and thought

Siergiej Grinev-Griniewicz University of Białystok 10.15290/cr.2016.12.1.02 Abstract. This paper focuses on the present state of investigation into polysemy, taking into account drawbacks of the existing definitions of this phenomenon. It was found that in Polish and Russian linguistic manuals and encyclopaedias, polysemy as a phenomenon is equalled with a quality for which a new term…

“Birds have Proustian capacity for making remembrance”

– a post-pastoral reading of John Lewis-Stempel’s Meadowland and the question of anthropomorphising animals Anna Dziok-Łazarecka University of Białystok 10.15290/cr.2016.12.1.01 Abstract. The article proposes discussion of John Lewis-Stempel’s Meadowland (2015) developed along two perspectives. One is the post-pastoral reading as suggested by Terry Gifford. He offers a contemporary interpretative mode that draws from both the…