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…

Is (Translational) Hermeneutics of any Use for the (Cognitive) Analysis of Translation Products?*

Beata Piecychna University of Białystok DOI: 10.15290/cr.2015.11.4.03 Abstract. Traditionally, translation scholars have analyzed translation products by putting emphasis on the purely linguistic phenomena of a target text as related to a source text. However, the author of this paper claims that in order to analyze a translation product in all its facets, it is necessary…

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Portrayal of Femininity and Its Transformations in Subsequent Adaptations

Weronika Łaszkiewicz University of Białystok DOI: 10.15290/cr.2015.11.4.02 Abstract. The aim of the following paper is to examine the portrayal of female characters and femininity in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Since Tolkien’s heroines have been both praised and severely criticized, this paper will, first of all, investigate and recapitulate the…

Against dechoukaj: the trauma of Haiti in Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker

Anna Maria Karczewska University of Białystok DOI: 10.15290/cr.2015.11.4.01 Abstract. Diaspora writers add to a long American literary tradition of engaging with political issues, a rich body of literature focused on themes of occupation, persecution, dictatorship, repression and trauma. This paper focuses on a political protest in the form of personal narrative of Haitians whose forgotten…

Revisiting the fairy land: Anne Sexton’s transformation of the Grimms’ female characters

Paulina Korzeniewska-Nowakowska University of Zielona Góra, Poland Abstract. Anne Sexton’s vivid and scandalous literary heritage has always been arousing controversy mostly due to its confessional character. It is, however, underestimated that one of the sources of her poetic inspirations was a  broadly defined European culture and tradition, including the Grimms’ fairy tales. This article strives…