Numer 13 (1/2019)
Redaktor: Marek Paryż
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Zbigniew Maszewski
Remembering William Faulkner’s Address Upon Receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature
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intertextuality | Nobel Prize | didacticism | self-referentiality

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William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature for the year 1949. He officially received the Prize and delivered his acceptance speech on December 10, 1950. This article re-examines critical responses to the writer’s Nobel Prize address, their interest in the address’s intertextual references to Faulkner’s earlier works and the works of other writers. The language of the address documents significant aspects of Faulkner-the writer’s/Faulkner-the reader’s aesthetic vision from the perspective of his didactic concern with the duties of the writer facing the challenges of his/her time and as a means of constructing publicly Faulkner’s own literary self-portrait of universal dimensions.

Jerzy Sobieraj
Lynching, Memory, and Memorials
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collective memory | memory | memorialization | lynching in America | lynching memorials

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This article touches upon three important topics—lynching, memory, and memorialization—looked at from the perspective of the twenty-first century. As far as lynching is concerned, it focuses on a significant growth of interest in this painful historical, social, and political issue. In the context of lynching it discusses memory and the process of memorialization, sometimes seen as a relatively new trend, and the creation of memorial sites, such as the American lynching memorials in Duluth, Minnesota and Montgomery, Alabama.

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SWPS Uniwersytet Humanistycznospołeczny w Warszawie
Jerry D. Leonard
Horse and Class in True Grit
27 – 37
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True Grit | Jane Tompkins | Little Blackie | materialism | ideology

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This essay returns to Jane Tompkins’ original theory of horses in her 1992 book West of Everything: The Inner Life of Westerns as a means of analyzing Charles Portis’ 1968 novel True Grit, a work which Tompkins does not address. Arguing for a Marxist ideology critique of True Grit with a focus on the main character (and narrator) Mattie Ross and her horse named Little Blackie, the essay offers a critique of Tompkins’ idea of the “material presence” of horses in American Western narratives.

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Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Chiny
Agnieszka Matysiak
Sam Shepard and the “True” West
39 – 55
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theatre | family | representation | Sam Shepard | (Neo)Baroque | major/minor strategy | drama

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The theateer of Sam Shepard has almost emblematically been considered the epitome of the American, particularly the Southwestern, myth of the frontier and, hence, the vastness and masculine expansiveness it traditionally symbolizes. However, Shepard’s theatre attains, I believe, its true potential only when approached in the perspective of the (Neo)Baroque paradigm. Therefore, this article will indicate an alternative manner of interpreting his dramatic thought; the manner, which, as I will argue, allows for re-contextualizing the position of Shepard on the American stage.

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Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
Jarosław Milewski
Privilege, Access, Shunning: Familial Homophobia and Its Representations in the Works of Sarah Schulman
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family | queer | AIDS | homophobia | Schulman

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In her book Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences (2009) Sarah Schulman explores the way in which heterosexual privilege interacts with the institution of family, and criticizes its destructive impact on familial relationships. According to her theory, the basis of homophobia is a pleasure principle inscribed in the image of family which encourages every privileged family member to enact their dominance on the excluded. Although Schulman has expressed this idea in clear theoretical terms much later, I argue that it has been a visible element of her writing since the 1980s. This paper demonstrates how the author expressed this idea in the past using diverse sociocultural contexts, and how numerous plots from her oeuvre serve as examples to mechanisms of familial homophobia discussed in Ties That Bind.

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Uniwersytet Łódzki
Marta Rzepecka
The Rhetorical Construction of the American Intervention in Libya: A Pentadic Analysis of President Barack Obama’s Address to the Nation on March 28, 2011
73 – 82
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Barack Obama | Libyan crisis | US foreign policy | crisis rhetoric | pentadic analysis

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The article focuses on the rhetoric of President Barack Obama regarding the US intervention in Libya in 2011. It challenges the view that Obama was changing the course of US foreign relations and shows that his words worked to represent actions that made it impossible to shift the direction of US foreign policy. Analysis reveals that the president spoke of alternatives to military action but his language served to justify the use of force in the region. He called for action through an integrated international framework but his message was designed to diminish the US profile in public opinion and not deem the US as a controlling power. Consequently, the article suggests that mysticism provides the structural basis for Obama’s perception of reality and presents options for reactions to an international crisis.

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Uniwersytet Rzeszowski
Izabella Kimak
(Non)Places of Bangalore: Where the East Meets the West in Bharati Mukherjee’s Miss New India
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postcolonialism | Bharati Mukherjee | Miss New India | Re-Orientalism | non-places | New India narratives

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This essay constitutes an attempt at reading Bharati Mukherjee’s 2011 novel, Miss New India, through the prism of spatial locations depicted in it. Unlike many of the texts in the late South Asian American author’s oeuvre, which depict migration from the East to the West, Miss New India is located exclusively within South Asia. This notwithstanding, the novel focuses on the impact the West used to and continues to exert on the East. I would like to argue that through her depictions of places and non-places of Bangalore—the novel’s primary location—Mukherjee points to the spatial interconnectedness of the East and the West as well as to the temporal interconnectedness of the colonial past and postcolonial, late-capitalist present.

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Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
Ewa Antoszek
When Personal Becomes Political: M. Jenea Sanchez Documenting Migration from Mexico
91 – 99
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migration | U.S.-Mexico border | borderlands | documentary film | M. Jenea Sanchez

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Even though “migration, immigration, and relocation is normative human behavior” (Blommaert and Verschueren in Byczkiewicz 5), migration across the U.S.-Mexico border has always been a controversial issue, raising incessant debates that have become even more acrimonious in the aftermath of the recent political debate on the immigration in the U.S. Owing to that, the stories of Latinx in the U.S. that should be read through both indigenous and immigrant paradigms have been reinterpreted through the latter one solely. The resulting borderlands tales illustrate “similar sentiments of nationalism, racism and nativism” (Byczkiewicz 5), while attempting at the more complex depiction of this conflicted and striated space. The purpose of this article is to analyze border stories depicted in Historias en la Camioneta and examine how M. Jenea Sanchez documents the journeys of those who want to get al otro lado, combining personal accounts and documentary footage, thus contributing to the ongoing discussion on the U.S.-Mexico border and borderlands.

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Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
Shiri Rosenberg
Is the Twilight Saga a Modern-Time Fairy Tale? A Study of Stephenie Meyer’s Source Material from Folklore and Canonical Narratives
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folklore | Stephanie Meyer | Twilight | fairy tale | structuralism

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The article presents an analysis of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels as modern literary fairy-tales. To this end, the discussion will refer to structuralist critics, and identify “narrative functions” from folktales (stock images and episodes, stock character functions, characteristic sequences of episodes), used by Meyer in her vampire novels. As it turns out, Meyer modified folklore material to sustain a long and variously themed narrative: by embedding numerous subplots, by rearranging functions between characters, and creating composite and collective characters that combine contradictory functions. The author transformed several folktales into a series of four novels about coming of age in the twenty-first-century United States. A detailed analysis of Meyer’s modifications of the folktale partially corroborates the feminist critique of Meyer’s representation of the protagonists as reinforced versions of cultural stereotypes and gender roles. However, some transformations, especially Meyer’s assignment of the hero-function to the female protagonist Bella, seem to suggest just the opposite, thus leading to the conclusion that the Twilight novels reflect the confusion caused by contradictory role-models and aspirations, the confusion that seems to be inherent in a coming-of-age novel.

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Kolegium Nauczycielskie Lewinskiego (מכללת לוינסקי לחינוך), Izrael
Kacper Bartczak
Book review: David H. Evans (ed.), Understanding James, Understanding Modernism
111 – 116
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Uniwersytet Łódzki
Joanna Ziarkowska
Book review: Rüdiger Kunow, Material Bodies: Biology and Culture in the United States
116 – 119
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Łukasz Muniowski
Book review: Justyna Włodarczyk, Genealogy of Obedience: Reading North American Dog Training Literature, 1850s–2000s
120 – 121
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Irmina Wawrzyczek
Book review: Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, Dziecko, rodzina i płeć w amerykańskich inicjatywach humanitarnych i filantropijnych w II Rzeczypospolitej [The Child, the Family, and Gender in the American Humanitarian and Philanthropic Initiatives in Interwar Poland]
122 – 125
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Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
Grzegorz Kość
Book review: Nikki Skillman, The Lyric in the Age of the Brain
125 – 128
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Joanna Mąkowska
Book review: Kacper Bartczak (ed.), Poeci Szkoły Nowojorskiej [The Poets of the New York School]
128 – 133
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Uniwersytet Warszawski
Jarosław Hetman
Book review: Tadeusz Pióro and Marek Paryż (eds.), Thomas Pynchon
134 – 140
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Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu
Sostene M. Zangari
Book review: Francesca De Lucia, Italian American Cultural Fictions: From Diaspora to Globalization
140 – 143
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Università degli Studi di Milano, Włochy
Christopher Garbowski
Book review: Randall J. Stephens, The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ‘n’ Roll
143 – 145
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Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
Małgorzata Olsza
Book review: Joy Katzmarzik, Comic Art and Avant-Garde: Bill Waterson’s ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ and the Art of American Newspaper Comic Strips
146 – 150
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Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis
Book review: Carmen Rueda-Ramos and Susana Jiménez Placer (eds.), Constructing the Self: Essays on Southern Life-Writing
150 – 154
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Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
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Polish Association
Institute of English Studies
ISSN 1733-9154
for American Studies
University of Warsaw
e-ISSN 2544-8781