Wordplay in selected Polish translations of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Agnieszka Smoleńska, The University of Rzeszow Abstract. This article presents the results of a comparative analysis of the translations of wordplay in selected Polish renderings of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. So far, there have been 10 attempts to translate this book into Polish. The present paper looks at the techniques employed by three…

The evolution of translation standards as illustrated by the history of Polish translations of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Monika Roszkowska, The University of Warsaw Abstract. The aim of this article is to outline the most characteristic changes in translation standards which have occurred since the late 19th century. It examines the strategies used by three Polish translators of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë:  Emilia Dobrzańska (1880-1881), Teresa Świderska (1930) and Gabriela Jaworska (2007). The…

Transgressing the gender borders: the subversive re-inscription of Eve in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Anna Wing Bo Tso, The Open University of Hong Kong Abstract. As a gendered rewriter and a gender boundary transgressor, Philip Pullman uses the Holy Bible as a “pre-text” (Stephen and McCallum 1998: 2) when writing His Dark Materials (1995 – 2000). He boldly challenges the masculine discourse in the Bible, crossing the oppressive and insufficient…

Lexicographic representations of English epistemic adverbs: an overview of problems based on selected monolingual and bilingual (English-Polish) dictionaries

Agata Rozumko, The University of Bialystok Abstract. Polish students often have problems identifying the contexts in which English epistemic adverbs such as arguably, conceivably, presumably can be used because their uses and functions tend to be culture- and language specific. In consequence, their repertoire of English epistemic adverbs is rather narrow. The aim of this paper…

Rushdie Affair Revisited

Anna Maria Tomczak The University of Bialystok Abstract: The article discusses the controversy surrounding the 1988 publication of Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses from today’s perspective, drawing on the writer’s memoir Joseph Anton. It provides an overview of Rushdie’s career, a brief resumé of the events that followed the Ayatollah Khomeini’s edict calling for…

Virtual Togetherness: Sense of Identity and Community in Cyberspace

Rafał Modzelewski The University of Bialystok Abstract. It is an uncontroversial statement to say that we live in an age of the enormous influence of information technology. The Internet in particular has been instrumental in shaping and reshaping modern reality. It harbours millions of communities and social networks, where people interact with each other on…

Finding God(s) in Fantasylands: Religious Ideas in Fantasy Literature

Weronika Łaszkiewicz The University of Bialystok Abstract. The following paper analyzes how fantasy literature addresses the topic of religion. The discussion of the genre’s dependence on myths, supported by Mircea Eliade’s claims about the sacred and profane spheres of human life, offers an answer to the questions why religion is one of the most prominent…