The book addresses the notion of time and temporality and its various conceptualizations in the theories of the new physics, utilized as a thematic and formal framework in the British novel of the twenty-first century. As the Newtonian conception of reality does not provide a reliable framework within which to situate human experience and generate meaning, fiction writers have recognized quantum mechanics as a potent source from which to draw in search of new metaphors. The quantum has become a part of the understanding of reality, and its concepts and assumptions have been absorbed into the textual structure and content of literary fiction. Shapes of Time in British Twenty-First Century Quantum Fiction examines human temporality as mediated by the timeshapes imagined within the context of the new physics, and explores the philosophical implications for human temporality and identity of situating an individual within the realm of physical time. Its chapters deal with various concepts of the new physics connected with temporality, and their appropriation in a selected novel: parallel universes in Andrew Crumey’s Sputnik Caledonia (2008), eternal recurrence and Poincaré’s theorem in David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (2004), chaos theory in Samantha Harvey’s The Wilderness (2009), and the end of time in Scarlett Thomas’s The End of Mr. Y (2006). Each of them corresponds to a different conceptual shape of time: tree, concertina, spiral and snapshot, respectively, which is enacted on the formal level. Analyzing the new time constructs in a narrative, this book thus uncovers passages between scientific and humanistic standpoints, and reveals quantum fiction to be an effective tool for visualizing the subjective non-homogenous experience of private time.

 Canadian writer Alice Munro is the 2013 Nobel Laureate in Literature. This collection of essays by authors from Poland, Canada and France presents an intercultural perspective on her work and a new approach to Munro’s art of short story writing. It offers literary interpretation of the genre, critical perspectives on film and stage adaptations of her work, comparative analysis to the writings of Mavis Gallant and Eudora Welty, exclusive reminiscences of encounters with Alice Munro by Canadian writers Tomson Highway and Daphne Marlatt, and a unique African-Canadian perspective on Munro’s work by George Elliott Clarke.


Zbigniew Białas


Zbigniew Białas

Marvels of Reading. Essays in Honour of Professor Andrzej Wicher

Rafał Borysławski, Anna Czarnowus, Łukasz Neubauer, red.

Marvels of Reading. Essays in Honour of Profesor Andrzej Wicher jest tomem esejów napisanych w większości w języku angielskim i honorującym sześćdziesięciolecie urodzin profesora Andrzeja Wichra, jednego z czołowych mediewistów i szekspirologów polskich. Tom składa się z jedenastu tekstów autorstwa uznanych polskich badaczy literatury, kultury i filozofii krajów anglojęzycznych, przyjaciół i dawnych uczniów Profesora, a tematyka tekstów obraca się wokół zainteresowań badawczych jubilata: studiów nad literaturą starogermańską, staroangielską, średnioangielską, Rajem utraconym J. Miltona, poezją G. M. Hopkinsa, filozofią melancholii, strukturą baśni, a także tłumaczeniem średnioangielskiego romansu rycerskiego. 

Tom zawiera w sobie następujące artykuły: “Margery Kempe’s Roman (Purgatorial) Holiday, or on Penance and Pleasure in Medieval Journeys” (Liliana Sikorska); “Magic and Religion in the Prose Merlin” (Bartłomiej Błaszkiewicz); “All That is Wrought is not Gold: Locating Wealth in Old English Gnomic Texts” (Rafał Borysławski); “The Character of Iêsu Krist in the Old Saxon Gospel Harmony The Hêliand as a Dramatic Cultural Synthesis Combining Elements of Deep Christian Piety and the Germanic Code of Heroic Honour” (Łukasz Neubauer); “’Margaret, are you grieving over Goldengrove unleaving?’: ‘Spring and Fall’ in the Poetic Thoughts of Gerard Manley Hopkins (and Charles Taylor’s Philosophy)” (Ewa Borkowska); “Ethnically Different Mothers-in-law in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale and Its 2003 BBC Adaptation” (Anna Czarnowus); “Jacques and the Politics of Melancholia” (Tadeusz Sławek); “Death and the Hero – Paradise Lost and the Problem of Theomachia” (Maria Błaszkiewicz); “A Fairy Tale in Focus: Ecstatic Focalisations in A Christmas Carol” (Jacek Mydla); „Czytanie cudów w Panu Gawenie i Zielonym Rycerzu i Opowieści Franklina” (Barbara Kowalik); “More Motivated Malignity? The Ominous Agenda of the Green Knight in Andrzej Wicher’s Translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” (Piotr Spyra).

Praca jest adresowana do filologów angielskich, badaczy literackiej kultury krajów anglosaskich, a także studentów filologii angielskiej.

This book analyses the most significant aspects of the evolutionary process which occurred in literary hermeneutics: the shift from interpretation perceived as a methodology of reading to the ontological function of exegesis. Through the discussion of the theories of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Eric Donald Hirsch, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Paul Ricoeur, it focuses on the metamorphosis of the concepts of meaning, interpretation and validity, and demonstrates how the correlative changes in the essence and functions of these three elements transformed the art of understanding from being a methodological discipline to an ontological instrument for a re-description of the interpreter’s self. The book highlights the development of those aspects of hermeneutic thought which are of particular significance in the contemporary debate over validity and criteria of interpretation. The vision of hermeneutics proposed here contradicts the supposedly anachronistic character of the art of understanding, and, through a permanent departure from essentialist views and categories, enables it to enter into a discussion with such literary orientations as neo-pragmatism and reader-response theory.

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