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  1.  11
    “The Most Photographed Barn in America”: Simulacra of the Sublime in American Art and Photography.David Allen & Agata Handley - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):365-385.
    In White Noise by Don DeLillo, two characters visit a famous barn, described as the “most photographed barn in America” alongside hordes of picture-taking tourists. One of them complains the barn has become a simulacrum, so that “no one sees” the actual barn anymore. This implies that there was once a real barn, which has been lost in the “virtual” image. This is in line with Plato’s concept of the simulacrum as a false or “corrupt” copy, which has lost all (...)
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    Transvestite M in the Canadian North: Isobel Gunn by Audrey Thomas.Dorota Filipczak - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):431-440.
    The article focuses on the eponymous protagonist of Isobel Gunn, a Canadian feminist historical novel by Audrey Thomas, published in 1999. Based on a real story, the novel fictionalizes the life of an Orcadian woman who made her transit from the Orkney Islands to the Canadian north in male disguise, and was only identified as a woman when she went into labour. The article juxtaposes the novel against its poetic antecedent The Ballad of Isabel Gunn, published by Stephen Scobie in (...)
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    Timothy Findley, His Biographers, and The Piano Man’s Daughter.Sherrill Grace - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):413-430.
    In this paper, Sherrill Grace, Findley’s biographer, will examine her biographical practices in the context of Findley’s own memoir, Inside Memory, and his interest in creating fictional auto/biographers and auto/biography in several of his major novels. His fictional auto/biographers often use the same categories of document that Findley himself used—journals, diaries, archives—and this reality produces some fascinating challenges for a Findley biographer, not least the difficulty of separating fact from fiction, or, as Mauberley says in Famous Last Words, truth from (...)
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    ”The Heart of This People is in its Right Place”: The American Press and Private Charity in the United States During the Irish Famine.Paweł Hamera - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):151-167.
    The potato blight that struck Ireland in 1845 led to ineffable suffering that sent shockwaves throughout the Anglosphere. The Irish Famine is deemed to be the first national calamity to attract extensive help and support from all around the world. Even though the Irish did not receive adequate support from the British government, their ordeal was mitigated by private charity. Without the donations from a great number of individuals, the death toll among the famished Irishmen and Irishwomen would have been (...)
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    Boundaries and Otherness in Science Fiction: We Cannot Escape the Human Condition.Isabella Hermann - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):212-226.
    The article explores the construction of boundaries, alterity and otherness in modern science-fiction films. Boundaries, understood as real state borders, territoriality and sovereignty, as well as the construction of the other beyond an imagined border and delimited space, have a significant meaning in the dystopian settings of SF. Even though SF topics are not bound to the contemporary environment, be it of a historical, technical or ethical nature, they do relate to the present-day world and transcend our well-known problems. Therefore, (...)
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    ”No Country for Old Men”? The Question of George Moore’s Place in the Early Twentieth-Century Literature of Ireland.Joanna Jarząb-Napierała - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):25-42.
    The paper scrutinizes the literary output of George Moore with reference to the expectations of the new generation of Irish writers emerging at the beginning of the twentieth century. Although George Moore is considered to belong to the Anglo-Irish ascendancy writers, he began his writing career from dissociating himself from the literary achievements of his own social class. His infatuation with the ideals of the Gaelic League not only brought him back to Dublin, but also encouraged him to write short (...)
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    Outside the Magic Circle of White Male Supremacy in the Jim Crow South: Virginia Foster Durr’s Memoirs.Susana María Jiménez-Placer - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):296-319.
    Virginia Foster Durr was born in 1903 in Birmingham, Alabama in a former planter class family, and in spite of the gradual decline in the family fortune, she was brought up as a traditional southern belle, utterly subjected to the demands of the ideology of white male supremacy that ruled the Jim Crow South. Thus, she soon learnt that in the South a black woman could not be a lady, and that as a young southern woman she was desperately in (...)
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    The New Sentence: June Jordan and the Politics of Parataxis.Paweł Kaczmarski - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):278-295.
    The aim of the paper is to compare and contrast a few select ways in which the poetic use of parataxis can convey a specific political message. Parataxis is understood here broadly, as a certain organizational principle based on a cycle of denarrativization and renarrativization. The first part of the paper reflects on the role the paratactic technique has played within the language of the reactionary populists, both historically and in the recent years. Then, building on the observation that the (...)
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    The Whittrick Play of No Nothing: Alan Spence, Edwin Morgan, and Indra’s Net.Monika Kocot - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):189-211.
    The article will attempt a reading of Alan Spence’s play No Nothing. Special attention will be given to the issue of literal and metaphorical space, a peculiar, liminal setting of the play, and the ways it determines the flyting between the two characters, two iconic Glaswegians: Edwin Morgan and Jimmy Reid. It seems that in this theatrical space history, politics and poetry inter-are. We may notice how two completely different masters of speech exchange their views on life, how they reflect (...)
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    The First Constitutional Government of the Minnesota Anishinaabeg.Anna Krausová - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):244-257.
    In this paper I trace the development of Native American constitutionalism in the early twentieth century. Specifically, I focus on the first constitutional government of the White Earth Nation, located in northwestern Minnesota, which in the period from 1913 to 1927 was part of a larger confederative arrangement, called the General Council of the Chippewa. The purpose of this paper is to show the importance of this inter-reservation government for the preservation of White Earth Anishinaabe cultural continuity from which revitalization (...)
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    Death of the Soldier and Immortality of War in Frank Ormsby’s A Northern Spring.Karolina Marzec - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):107-121.
    The paper analyzes the collection of the Northern Irish poet Frank Ormsby entitled A Northern Spring published in 1986. On the basis of selected poems, the author of this paper aims to examine the poet’s reflections about World War II, the lives of the soldiers, and the things that remain after a military combat, which are both physical and illusive. The poems included in the volume present the author’s reflections upon the senselessness of war and dying, short lives of the (...)
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    Mexican Village: Josefina Niggli’s Border Crossing Narrative.Jadwiga Maszewska - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):352-364.
    The paper presents Josefina Niggli, an American mid-twentieth-century writer who was born and grew up in Mexico, and her novel Mexican Village. A connoisseur of Mexican culture and tradition, and at the same time conscious of the stereotypical perceptions of Mexico in the United States, Niggli saw it as her literary goal to “reveal” the “true” Mexico as she remembered it to her American readers. Somewhat forgotten for several decades, Niggli, preoccupied with issues of marginalization, hybridization, and ambiguity, is now (...)
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    Cabeza de Vaca, Estebanico, and the Language of Diversity in Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account.Zbigniew Maszewski - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):320-331.
    Published in 1542, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s La relación is a chronicle of the Pánfilo de Narváez’s 1527 expedition to the New World in which Cabeza de Vaca was one of the four survivors. His account has received considerable attention. It has been appreciated and critically examined as a narrative of conquest and colonization, a work of ethnographic interest, and a text of some literary value. Documenting and fictionalizing for the first time in European history the experience of travelling/trekking (...)
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    The Conflicting Traditions of Portraying the Jewish People in the Chester Mystery Cycle.Joanna Matyjaszczyk - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):171-188.
    The article seeks to analyze the portrayal of the Jews in two plays from the Chester mystery cycle: “Trial and Flagellation” and “The Passion.” The analysis acknowledges that the cycle is a mixture of, and a dialogue between, the universal standpoint emerging from the presentation of the biblical story of humankind and a contemporary perspective, pertaining to the reality of the viewers. Therefore, while pointing to the unique formal and structural uniformity of the cycle, which strengthens the idea of continuity (...)
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    Post-Revisionism: Conflict Resolution and the Limits of Ambivalence in Kevin McCarthy’s Peeler.Michael McAteer - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):9-24.
    This essay considers a historical novel of recent times in revisionist terms, Kevin McCarthy’s debut novel of 2010, Peeler. In doing so, I also address the limitations that the novel exposes within Irish revisionism. I propose that McCarthy’s novel should be regarded more properly as a post-revisionist work of literature. A piece of detective fiction that is set during the Irish War of Independence from 1919 to 1921, Peeler challenges the romantic nationalist understanding of the War as one of heroic (...)
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    Michael Longley and Birds.Przemysław Michalski - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):68-83.
    The following essay attempts to shed some light on Michael Longley’s poems about birds, which form a fairly complicated network of mutual enhancements and cross-references. Some of them are purely descriptive lyrics. Such poems are likely to have the name of a given species or a specific individual representative of that species in the title. Others make references to birds or use them for their own agenda, which often transcends the parameters of pure description. Sometimes birds perform an evocative function, (...)
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    Masculinities, History and Cultural Space: Queer Emancipative Thought in Jamie O’Neill’s at Swim, Two Boys.Jarosław Milewski - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):55-67.
    At Swim, Two Boys, a 2001 novel by Jamie O’Neill, tells a story of gay teen romance in the wake of the Easter Rising. This paper considers the ways in which the characters engage in patterns of masculine behaviour in a context that excludes queer men, and the rhetorical effect of transgressive strategies to form a coherent identity. These patterns include involvement with the masculine and heteronormative nationalist movement, as well as a regime of physical exercise, and a religious upbringing (...)
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    Defying Maintenance Mimesis: The Case of Somewhere Over the Balcony by Charabanc Theatre Company.Katarzyna Ojrzyńska - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):137-150.
    Making reference to Luce Irigaray’s definitions of mimesis and mimicry, and the ways in which these concepts respectively reinforce and challenge the phallogocentric order, this article investigates the representation of the Troubles in the play Somewhere over the Balcony by Charabanc—a pioneering all-female theatre company which operated in Belfast in the 1980s and early 1990s. The article discusses the achievement of the company in the local context and offers a reading of Somewhere over the Balcony, Charabanc’s 1987 play which depicts (...)
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    Songs of America: A Review of John Berryman’s Public Vision by Philip Coleman. [REVIEW]Katarzyna Ojrzyńska, Wit Pietrzak & Anna Warso - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):443-461.
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    ”Soldier Dolls, Little Adulteresses, Poor Scapegoats, Betraying Sisters and Perfect Meat”: The Gender of the Early Phase of the Troubles and the Politics of Punishments Against Women in Contemporary Irish Poetry.Katarzyna Ostalska - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):84-106.
    This paper examines the literary representation of the beginnings of the Northern Irish Troubles with regard to a gender variable, in the selected poems by Heaney, Durcan, Boland, Meehan and Morrissey. The reading of Heaney’s “Punishment” will attempt to focus not solely on the poem’s repeatedly criticized misogyny but on analyzing it in a broader, historical context of the North’s conflict. In Durcan’s case, his prominent nationalist descent or his declared contempt for any form of paramilitary terrorism do not seem (...)
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    Art Criticism: Hart Crane and David Siqueiros.Alicja Piechucka - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):229-243.
    The article focuses on an analysis of Hart Crane’s essay “Note on the Paintings of David Siqueiros.” One of Crane’s few art-historical texts, the critical piece in question is first of all a tribute to the American poet’s friend, the Mexican painter David Siqueiros. The author of a portrait of Crane, Siqueiros is a major artist, one of the leading figures that marked the history of Mexican painting in the first half of the twentieth century. While it is interesting to (...)
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    Recessive Action in Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn.Camelia Raghinaru - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):43-54.
    Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel Brooklyn accompanies Eilis Lacey, a native of Enniscorthy, Ireland of the 1950s on a reluctant voyage across the Atlantic. Her passage reconstructs a common experience of immigration and exile to New York for the Irish working class seeking to escape the lack of prospects in small-town Ireland after the Second World War. Caught as she is between two homes—the traditional Irish culture she emerges from and the new capitalist society of America to which she emigrates—Eilis is (...)
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    ”A Past That has Never Been Present”: The Literary Experience of Childhood and Nostalgia.Niklas Salmose - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):332-351.
    This essay explores the modernist aesthetic involved in creating a fictive, nostalgic, childhood experience. Evoking the experience of childhood through fiction is as close to actually reliving childhood as we can get. The author argues that it is possible to actually transport the reader into not only the idealized world of childhood, but more so into an embodied experience of childhood through the use of different kinds of narrative and stylistic configurations. In a stylistic and narratological analysis of three modernist (...)
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    Oppressive Faces of Whiteness in Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress.Klara Szmańko - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):258-277.
    Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress contributes significantly to the literary debate on the definition of whiteness. The socio-historical construction of whiteness emerging from the novel is amplified by white imagery dovetailing with the claims made about white people directly. For the African American first person narrator, Easy Rawlins, living in post-World War II Los Angeles, whiteness mostly spells terror. The oppressive faces of whiteness consist in the following trajectories: property relations, economic exploitation, labour relations, the legal system, different (...)
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    Blindness in the Beckettland of Malfunctioning.Jadwiga Uchman - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):122-136.
    Many of Beckett characters suffer from different kinds of disabilities and impairments, this being one of the ways of punishing them for “the eternal sin of having been born.” The article discusses blindness in Waiting for Godot, Endgame and All That Fall. In the first of these plays blindness afflicts Pozzo during the interval between the two acts, that is during a single night. Combined with the loss of his watch it is indicative of his entering the subjective realm of (...)
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    The Catch of the Hyperreal: Yossarian and the Ideological Vicissitudes of Hyperreality.Abdolali Yazdizadeh - 2018 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 8 (8):386-410.
    Hyperreality is a key term in Jean Baudrillard’s cultural theory, designating a phase in the development of image where it “masks the absence of a profound reality.” The ambiance of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 closely corresponds to Baudrillard’s notion of the hyperreal as images persist to precede reality in the fictional world of the novel. Since for Baudrillard each order of simulacra produces a certain mode of ideological discourse that impacts the perception of reality, it is plausible that the characters of (...)
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