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(Re)Visions of History in Language and Fiction

Editor(s): Dorota Guttfeld, Monika Linke and Agnieszka Sowińska
Contributors: Agnieszka Sowińska, Anna Branach-Kallas, Robert Kusek, Michał Mochocki, Brygida Gasztold, Małgorzata Sokół,
Subject: History

Book Description

In imagining history, one must inevitably rely on its textual representations, whether fictitious or supposedly “objective”, yet always subject to the constraints and conventions of textuality. Still, it is precisely by exploiting and consciously relying on the textual in the presentation of the past that contemporary authors, including politicians and makers of history, strive to provide it with current significance, emotional impact and universal meaning. The study of such attempts benefits from a variety of perspectives, encompassing not only classical, but also popular texts and media.

An interdisciplinary collection of papers devoted to the issues of retelling, rewriting, and representation of the past in fiction and various text-types, this volume juxtaposes modern and post-modern understanding of collective versus personal history. The contributors are scholars specializing in literary studies (e.g. postcolonialism and popular fiction), linguistics (e.g. critical discourse analysis) and cultural studies (e.g. media studies), bringing a wide spectrum of theoretical insights into the field.

The collection opens with papers on the general changes in viewing history that have occurred since the 19th century. Further papers discuss postcolonial, feminist and gender-related perspectives on history reflected in postmodern fiction, revealing the power struggle around the depiction of the past. The next part of the volume is devoted to the presentation of historical breakthroughs in political and media discourse. Finally, the collection draws attention to some unorthodox visions of history involving alternative worlds and fantastic elements encountered in the genre of speculative fiction.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4020-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4020-3
Date of Publication: 01/08/2012
Pages / Size: 395 / A5
Price: £49.99
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Biography

Dorota Guttfeld, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Her recent publications include “Otherness in Translation: The Language of the Alien” in Us and Them – Them and Us: Constructions of the Other in Cultural Stereotypes (2011) and English-Polish Translations of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008).

Monika Linke, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Her recent publications include Cognitive Approach to Equivalence in Literary Translation (2008) and “A Tool of (De)Colonization: Translation and the Role of Translator in a Postcolonial Context” (2009).

Agnieszka Sowińska, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland. Her recent publications include “The ‘Value’ of Polish Axiological Semantics for Critical Discourse Analysis” in Papers and Studies in Axiological Linguistics (2012) and “GPs’ Challenges in the Management of Patients with Medically Unexplained Symptoms in Poland: A Focus Group-based Study” in Family Practice (co-authored, 2011).