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  1. Northern Ireland’s Interregnum. Anna Burns’s Depiction of a (Post)-Troubles State of (In)Security.Ryszard Bartnik - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:64-83.
    This paper aims to present the main contours of Burns’s literary output which, interestingly enough, grows into a personal understanding of the collective mindset of -Troubles Northern Ireland. It is legitimate, I argue, to construe her fiction as a body of work shedding light on certain underlying mechanisms of sectarian violence. Notwithstanding the lapse of time between 1998 and 2020, the Troubles’ toxic legacy has indeed woven an unbroken thread in the social fabric of the region. My reading of the (...)
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  2. Lacanian Implications of Departures in Zemeckis’s Beowulf From Beowulf, the Old English Epic.Nurten Birlik - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:178-185.
    Although Robert Zemeckis’s film Beowulf is a re-writing of the Old English epic Beowulf with a shifting of perspective, certain details in the film can only be understood by referring to the poem. That is, a better understanding of the film is tied closely to an awareness of certain narrative elements in the epic. The emphasis on Beowulf in the poem shifts to the Mother in the film. This shift obviously leads to a recontextualization of the narrative elements of the (...)
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  3. From Romero to Romeo—Shakespeare’s Star-Crossed Lovers Meeting Zombedy in Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies.Magdalena Cieślak - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:157-177.
    Since their first screen appearances in the 1930s, zombies have enjoyed immense cinematic popularity. Defined by Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead as mindless, violent, decaying and infectious, they successfully function as ultimate fiends in horror films. Yet, even those morbid undead started evolving into more appealing, individualized and even sympathetic characters, especially when the comic potential of zombies is explored. To allow a zombie to become a romantic protagonist, however, one that can love and be loved by a (...)
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    “Brought Up to Live Double Lives”: Intelligence and Espionage as Literary and Philosophical Figures in Ciaran Carson’s Exchange Place and For All We Know.Grzegorz Czemiel - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:35-50.
    The article examines the figure of the spy—alongside themes related to espionage—as employed in two books by the Northern Irish writer Ciaran Carson : the volume of poems For All We Know and the novel Exchange Place. Carson’s oeuvre is permeated with the Troubles and he has been hailed one of key writers to convey the experience of living in a modern surveillance state. His depiction of Belfast thematizes questions of terrorism, the insecurity and anxiety it causes in everyday life, (...)
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    Conceptualizing In-Text “Kshetra”: Postcolonial Allahabad’s Cultural Geography in Neelum Saran Gour’s Allahabad Aria and Invisible Ink.Chhandita Das & Priyanka Tripathi - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:389-403.
    Literary renditions of cities have always gravitated towards the spatial imagination and its ethical counterpart outside the textual space. This paper explores the multicultural geography of the North Indian city Allahabad observed through Neelum Saran Gour’s postcolonial narratives Allahabad Aria and Invisible Ink, projecting the narrative alignment of spatial aesthetics and cultural ethics. Interrogating the spatial dimensions of a “narrative world” within narrative theory and its interdisciplinary crossover with cultural geography, the article seeks to examine Gour’s literary city not simply (...)
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  6. Hercule Poirot and the Tricky Performers of Stereotypes in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express.Kenneth Eckert - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:186-203.
    Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express remains well-read, and its hero Hercule Poirot continues to enjoy popular currency. Yet the text has not aged well due to some of its now clichéd plot developments and dialogue, as well as Christie’s depiction of class, ethnic and national prejudices in it and her other novels. This study hopes to re-energize discussion on Murder by finding defensible reasons for its apparent flaws. Not only do the stereotypical behaviors of the passengers narratively distract (...)
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  7. “My Monster Self”: Violence and Survival in Margaret Atwood’s Moral Disorder.Nahid Fakhrshafaie & Alireza Bahremand - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:263-278.
    Margaret Atwood’s novels are usually celebrated for their blunt feminism. However, in Moral Disorder—a series of interconnected stories that forms a novel—feminist concerns are replaced with worries about territory and survival. The protagonist is an insider whose sole concern is to survive and to protect her territory. The confrontation between the narrator as the insider and the outsiders does not occur directly but could be inferred by her cruelty toward other characters and her violence against the animals under her care. (...)
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    Editorial: Literature and Security.Liam Francis Gearon - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:17-34.
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  9. The Gospel of Divine Mercy in King Lear.Małgorzata Grzegorzewska - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:321-333.
    The paper discusses Shakespeare’s preoccupation with the Christian notions of divine love, forgiveness and justice in The Tragedy of King Lear. In my reading I employ Jean-Luc Marion’s phenomenological reflection on the givenness of love and Hans-Urs von Balthasar’s theology of Paschal mystery. I take issue with the Marxist and existentialist interpretations of Shakespeare’s tragedy which prevailed in the second half of the 20th century. My aim is not a simple recuperation of the “redemptionism” of the play, but an in-depth (...)
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    Mer-Hagography: The Erasure, Return and Resonance of Splash’s Older Mermaid.Philip Hayward - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:139-156.
    The 1984 feature film Splash initially included a scene featuring an embittered, older mermaid that was deleted before the final version premiered. Since that excision, the older mermaid and the scene she appeared in have been recreated by fans and the mer/sea-hag has come to comprise a minor element in contemporary online culture. The term “Merhag,” in particular, has also spread beyond the film, being taken up in fantasy fiction and being used—allusively and often pejoratively—to describe notional and actual female (...)
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    Narrative, Insecure Equilibrium and the Imperative to Understand: A Hermeneutics of Woundedness.Małgorzata Hołda - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:279-298.
    Addressing trauma as a phenomenon which happens on the level of the human psyche and body, this article explores the impact of the interlocking nature of human lingual and bodily being in discovering a fuller possibility of interpreting and understanding woundedness. The non-transparent and problematic character of trauma calls for a hermeneutic investigation in order to gain a far-reaching insight into what happens with us and in us in traumatic experience. The imperative to understand the situation of affliction is an (...)
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  12. Professor Dorota Filipczak In Memoriam.Alison Jasper - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:9-14.
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    Episodic Literary Movement and Translation: Ideology Embodied in Prefaces.Mir Mohammad Khademnabi - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:404-417.
    This paper discusses translation practices from a historicist viewpoint, contextualizing them in their emerging “episode.” The latter is a concept drawn from sociology of literature and accounts for the rise of certain discourses and ideologies in a society. On the basis of the argument that translation practices are informed by the general literary and socio-cultural milieu in which they are produced and consumed, the paper studies the translators’ prefaces to three translations published between 1953 and 1978—a period dominated by Leftist (...)
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  14. One Hundred Frogs in Steve McCaffery’s The Basho Variations.Monika Kocot - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:369-388.
    The article discusses Steve McCaffery’s The Basho Variations with a focus on various modes of transtranslation/transcreation/transaption of Matsuo Bashō’s famous frog haiku. The emphasis is placed on the complexities of transtranslation which deliberately alters, distorts and reimagines the source text. The intercultural and intertextual quality of McCaffery’s poems is discussed in the context of multilevel references to classical Japanese aesthetics of haiku writing. The comparative reading of McCaffery’s and Bashō’s texts foregrounds the issue of events, or “frogmentary events,” and the (...)
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    Transforming the Ich-Du to the Ich-Es: The Migrant as “Terrorist” in Kabir Khan’s New York and Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire.Minu Susan Koshy - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:97-105.
    Terror narratives have been characterized by a dialogism where the “normative” I—i.e. the “non-threatening mainstream”—defines and delineates subjects whose identity is centred on their location in the terror network. This is especially so in the case of Asian migrants who settle down in Western countries, as their very identity as Asian locates them at a precarious point in the real or imagined “terror network.” The migrant is no longer the Du, but the Es, imparting an identity to the Ich, where (...)
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  16. A Review of Natalie Crohn Schmitt, Performing Commedia Dell’Arte, 1570–1630. [REVIEW]Piotr Morawski - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:432-436.
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    Dystopias in the Realm of Popular Culture: Introducing Elements of Posthuman and Postfeminist Discourse to the Mass Audience Female Readership in Cecelia Ahern’s Roar.Katarzyna Ostalska - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:204-221.
    This article analyzes selected short stories in Cecelia Ahern’s thirty-narrative collection Roar to see how the perspectives of posthuman and postfeminist critique can be incorporated via the common dystopic umbrella into the mainstream female readership of romance literature. The dystopic worlds created by Ahern in Roar portray inequality and power imbalances with regard to gender and sex. The protagonists are mostly middle-aged women whose family and personal lives are either regulated by dystopic realities or acquire a “dystopic” dimension, the solutions (...)
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    “...Delivered From the Lie of Being Truth”: The Affective Force of Disinformation, Stickiness and Dissensus in Randy Ribay’s Patron Saints of Nothing.Vincent Pacheco & Jeremy De Chavez - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:84-96.
    Waged in 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has claimed over 20,000 lives according to human rights groups. The Duterte administration’s own count is significantly lower: around 6,000. The huge discrepancy between the government’s official count and that of arguably more impartial organizations about something as concretely material as body count is symptomatic of how disinformation is central to the Duterte administration and how it can sustain the approval of the majority of the Philippine electorate. We suggest that (...)
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    “Never Trust a Survivor”: Historical Trauma, Postmemory and the Armenian Genocide in Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard.Alicja Piechucka - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:240-262.
    The article focuses on Kurt Vonnegut’s lesser-known and underappreciated 1987 novel Bluebeard, which is analyzed and interpreted in the light of Marianne Hirsch’s seminal theory of postmemory. Even though it was published prior to Hirsch’s formulation of the concept, Vonnegut’s novel intuitively anticipates it, problematizing the implications of inherited, second-hand memory. To further complicate matters, Rabo Karabekian, the protagonist-narrator of Bluebeard, a World War II veteran, amalgamates his direct, painful memories with those of his parents, survivors of the Armenian Genocide. (...)
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    Shibboleths of Grief: Paul Muldoon’s “The Triumph”.Wit Pietrzak - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:51-63.
    The essay explores Paul Muldoon’s elegy for the fellow Northern Irish poet Ciaran Carson with a view to showing that “The Triumph” seeks to evoke a ground where political, cultural and religious polarities are destabilized. As the various intertextual allusions in the poem are traced, it is argued that Muldoon seeks to revise the notion of the Irish shibboleths that, as the poem puts it, “are meant to trip you up.” In lieu of this linguistic and political slipperiness, “The Triumph” (...)
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    A Review of Agnieszka Łowczanin, A Dark Transfusion: The Polish Literary Response to Early English Gothic: Anna Mostowska Reads Ann Radcliffe. [REVIEW]David Punter - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:421-424.
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    Thinking About Thinking Nothing: A Review of Nolen Gertz’s Nihilism. [REVIEW]Pedro Querido - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:425-427.
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    Tragic Victims of Mania a Potu (“Madness From Drink”): A Study of Literary Nineteenth-Century Female Drunkards.Irina Rabinovich - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:299-318.
    Temperance literature, though widely popular in America and Britain between 1830–80, lost its allure in the decades that followed. In spite of its didactic and moralistic nature, the public eagerly consumed temperance novels, thus reciprocating contemporaneous writers’ efforts to promote social ideals and mend social ills. The main aim of this paper is to redress the critical neglect that the temperance prose written by women about women has endured by looking at three literary works—two novellas and one confessional novelette—written by (...)
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  24. Victim-Warriors and Restorers—Heroines in the Post-Apocalyptic World of Mad Max: Fury Road.Anna Reglińska-Jemioł - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:106-118.
    The article discusses the evolving image of female characters in the Mad Max saga directed by George Miller, focusing on Furiosa’s rebellion in the last film—Mad Max: Fury Road. Interestingly, studying Miller’s post-apocalyptic action films, we can observe the evolution of this post-apocalyptic vision from the male-dominated world with civilization collapsing into chaotic violence visualized in the previous series to a more hopeful future created by women in the last part of the saga: Mad Max: Fury Road. We observe female (...)
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  25. Performing More-Than-Human Corporeal Connections in Kiki Smith’s Sculpture.Justyna Stępień - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:225-239.
    The article examines work by contemporary American artist Kiki Smith, who proposes a future in which human and nonhuman bodily borders merge. The artist’s contribution to the more-than-human artistic entanglements is juxtaposed with Joseph Beuys’s artistic manifesto from 1974 which proposes, among other things, an attempt to get outside of the represented human towards the asignified ahuman. In Kiki’s sculpture, both human and nonhuman animals undergo constant morphogenesis, becoming hybrid forms far beyond the human-social paradigm, implying that the human and (...)
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    “Whenever There’s Too Much Technology”: A Review of Don DeLillo’s The Silence. [REVIEW]Mark Tardi - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:428-431.
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    Mesmerization with the Lights On: Poe’s “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”.Robert Tindol - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:353-368.
    Edgar Allan Poe’s eerie short story “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” is a particularly noteworthy example of the sublime, a psychological state in which one is overwhelmed by the magnitude of that which is perceived by the mind. Valdemar exemplifies the sublime in that his death has somehow been suspended in time because he was under hypnosis as part of a medical experiment at the moment of his passing. However, the story also draws particular attention to the (...)
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  28. Griselda’s Afterlife, or the Relationship Between Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Chaucer’s The Clerk’s Tale and the Tale of Magic.Andrzej Wicher - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:334-352.
    Some influence of Chaucer’s The Clerk’s Tale, also known as the story of the patient Griselda, on Shakespeare, and particularly on The Winter’s Tale, has long been recognized. It seems, however, that the matter deserves further attention because the echoes of The Clerk’s Tale seem scattered among a number of Shakespeare’s plays, especially the later ones. The experimental nature of this phenomenon consists in the fact that Griselda-like characters do not strike the reader, especially perhaps the Renaissance reader, as good (...)
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    Aligning with Sociopaths: Character Engagement Strategies in Highsmith’s and Minghella’s Talented Mr. Ripleys.Lech Zdunkiewicz - 2021 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 11:119-136.
    Patricia Highsmith’s stated reason for writing The Talented Mr. Ripley was to see if she could elicit empathetic engagement for her immoral protagonist Tom Ripley. Amongst other factors, she achieves her goal by allowing readers to align affectively with the protagonist’s road to self-discovery. Her experiment culminates with Tom’s fruition into an aggressive consumer, thus resolving his and the readers’ apprehensions. On the other hand, Anthony Minghella’s Ripley leaves more room for interpretation. In his interviews, the filmmaker states that he (...)
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