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  1.  5
    Dalí, Disney and Destino: Alchemy in Animation.David Allen - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:49-66.
    Salvador Dalí claimed that he made his whole life “a work of alchemy.” He saw in alchemy the principle of metamorphosis and “the transmutation of bodies.” Carl Jung recognized “imaginatio” as the key to alchemy. As Patrick Harpur suggests: “The Work takes place in a realm intermediate between mind and matter. It is a daimonic process, a ‘chemical theatre’ in which processes and psychic transformations interpenetrate.” The alchemist does not simply work on matter, but on the self. In Dalí’s “paranoiac-critical (...)
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    “Our Eyes Adjust to the Dark”: The Cosmic Sublime in Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars.Paulina Ambroży - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:364-391.
    The cosmic sublime, as the most spectacular manifestation of the natural sublime, offers rich stimuli for the literary imagination, as well as for various interactions between science, culture and art. In her book of poetry Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith uses tropes of cosmic perspective, scientific gaze and interplanetary travel to problematize the relationship between human finitude and the boundless unknown of the universe. Written after the death of her father, who was one of the engineers of the Hubble (...)
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    It’s About Time: Trying an Essay Film.Mieke Bal - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:27-48.
    This essay is about the essay, a form of thought alive that is partial in the two senses of the word: subjective and fragmented. Thinking as social, performative, and always un-finished; as dialogic. Through the mythical figure of Cassandra, who could foresee the future but was cursed to be never believed, I tried to “figure,” make a figural shape for the thoughts on the indifference of people towards the imminent ecological disaster of the world. At the invitation of Jakub Mikurda (...)
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    In the Universe of Cassandra: The Ancient Topos of Clairvoyance in the Futuristic World of Minority Report.Małgorzata Budzowska - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:151-165.
    The figure of Cassandra is well-known from numerous representations in ancient and modern literature as an archetype of a woman who has the power to see the future, but whose visions are not believed. In ancient Greek literature, Cassandra was an important character serving as a prophet of an approaching catastrophe. In her modern adaptations, this figure became a metaphor in psychoanalytical research on human moral behaviour developed in feminist writing. Cassandra has also been of interest to filmmakers, with perhaps (...)
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    Systemic Intertextuality. A Morphogenetic Perspective.Tomasz Burzyński - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:433-445.
    If late modern literary production is structured by any principles rendering order to the otherwise nebular character of the process, this is the idea of intertextuality that paves the way for the dissolution of well entrenched structures, literary conventions and institutionalized canons. By fostering and facilitating the erosion of boundaries between elite and popular culture, mechanisms of intertextuality show that literature is not only a fixed collection of texts, but also a dynamic social system including structured practices of production and (...)
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    Journeys of Becoming: Hair, the Blogosphere and Theopoetics in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.Fiona Darroch - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:135-150.
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah provides provocative reflections on intertextuality and becoming by exploring the potentially transformative power of “blog-writing.” Through a combined reading of Mayra Rivera’s Poetics of the Flesh and Adichie’s Americanah, this article details intersections between the virtual and the material; writing in the blogosphere about the organic matter of hair. The narrator of the novel, Ifemelu, establishes a blog after she shares her story to decide to stop using relaxants and to allow her hair to be (...)
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    Camp and Pop: David Bowie, Oskar Schlemmer, Madonna and Janelle Monáe.Kathrin Dreckmann - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:79-92.
    While contemporary pop culture is nowadays considered part of the cultural mainstream, its practices of codification and its use and circulation of signifiers are still shaped by its roots in counterculture. This leads to a second order esthetic that reflects upon mass culture and subverts it by means of transgression and rearrangement. This essay argues that this subversive logic of reference is closely linked to what Susan Sontag has described as “camp.” While doing so it not only sheds light on (...)
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    Wartime Propaganda and Gender in Ahmad Mahmoud’s The Scorched Earth: A Dissident Reading.Ramin Farhadi - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:460-476.
    The Iran-Iraq War has been the subject of many aesthetic productions in contemporary Persian literature. The Iranian mass media during the war with Iraq described the armed conflict as holy and masculine, and propagated the replacement of the word “war” with “sacred defense” to urge authors to write within this established framework and reflect the ideals of the State. Opposed to such an ideological view of the war, the prominent Iranian novelist Ahmad Mahmoud began to express dissent in his works (...)
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    Made to Connive: Revisioning Cinderella in a Music Video. From Disney to Arthur Pirozkhov: A Case Study.Dorota Filipczak - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:67-78.
    The article focuses on the way in which music videos can subvert and refigure the message of literature and film. The author sets out to demonstrate how a music video entitled “Зацепила” by Arthur Pirozkhov enters a dialogue with the recent Disney version of Cinderella by Kenneth Branagh, which, in turn, is an attempt to do justice to Perrault’s famous fairy tale. Starting out with Michèle Le Dœuff’s comment on the limitations imposed upon women’s intellectual freedom throughout the centuries, Filipczak (...)
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    Stranger Than Fiction: Gothic Intertextuality in Shakespears Sister’s Music Videos.Tomasz Fisiak - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:194-208.
    The following article is going to focus on a selection of music videos by Shakespears Sister, a British indie pop band consisting of Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit, which rose to prominence in the late 1980s. This article scrutinizes five of the band’s music videos: “Goodbye Cruel World”, “I Don’t Care”, “Stay”, “All the Queen’s Horses” and “When She Finds You”, all of them displaying a strong affinity with Gothicism. Fahey and Detroit, together with director Sophie Muller, a long-time collaborator (...)
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    Frances Wright’s America: A 19th-Century Utopia.Justyna Fruzińska - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:408-422.
    Frances Wright, a British social reformer and feminist, published an account of her American travels: Views of Society and Manners in America in 1821. Wright founded an experimental community in Nashoba, Tennessee, whose aim was to buy black slaves, educate them, and then liberate them. Even though the enterprise turned out to be a failure, the author continued to fight for the cause of black emancipation. My paper examines Wright’s portrayal of America in Views, which, compared to most other early (...)
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    “No Direction Home”: The Life and Literature of Bob Dylan–From “Desolation Row” to the Nobel Prize.Liam Gearon - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:166-181.
    Using the Nobel Prize as a prism through which to view the life and literature of a difficult-to-define artist, this article argues that Dylan’s output is one in which life and literature become, and have always been, indistinguishable. It is the life which has made the literature, through years lived in a particular niche of 1960s counter-cultural history; the lyrics gave voice to a man who was never at ease in the formalities of interview. For a supposed spokesman of a (...)
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    Representing Absence: Contemporary Ekphrasis in “Apesh-T”.Agata Handley - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:118-143.
    Traditionally, ekphrasis has been defined as the description and analysis of works of art in poetry, and so it has been understood as the verbalization of visual images. The article examines the concept in the light of contemporary definitions that include non-verbal media as targets in order to analyze its applicability to music videos. It concentrates in particular on “Apesh-t,” a video for a track by Beyoncé and Jay-Z from the album Everything Is Love. The video is filmed in different (...)
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    The Death of Language: Listening to the Echoes (of Georges Bataille) in "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II—The Sith Lords".Marcin Hanuszkiewicz - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:257-273.
    This article is, firstly, an analysis of Kreia, a character from the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II—The Sith Lords video game, a character whose role in the game is pivotal: the conversations the player has with Kreia serve as the main narrative basis for the entire game experience. Secondly, on the basis of a collection of quotations from these conversations, this article juxtaposes Kreia and Georges Bataille. An intriguing variant of the blind seer trope is revealed in (...)
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    L’Homme Agissant and Self-Understanding: Pamela Sue Anderson on Capability and Vulnerability.Małgorzata Hołda - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:7-24.
    This article addresses Pamela Sue Anderson’s philosophy of capability and vulnerability as an important contribution to the advancement of today’s feminist ethics. Following Paul Ricœur’s hermeneutics of l’homme capable, Anderson extends the phenomenological perspective of the capable human subject to embrace the distinctly feminine capability. She advocates for women’s recognizing and re-inventing of themselves as capable subjects, and claims that the perturbing initial loss of confidence in their reflective capacities can be redeemed via the transformations in women’s emotional and religious (...)
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    The Poetic Bliss of the Re-Described Reality: Wallace Stevens: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Figurative Language.Małgorzata Hołda - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:423-432.
    The article addresses the issue of the intimate but troublesome liaison between philosophy and literature—referred to in scholarship as “the ancient quarrel between poets and philosophers.” Its aim is double-fold. First, it traces the interweaving paths of philosophical and literary discourse on the example of Wallace Stevens’s oeuvre. It demonstrates that this great American modernist advocates a clear distinction between poetry and philosophy on the one hand, but draws on and dramatizes philosophical ideas in his poems on the other. The (...)
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    “By [Some] Other Means”: Talking (About) Racism and Race Through Visual Arts in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. An American Lyric.Jerzy Kamionowski - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:392-407.
    Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. An American Lyric is a perplexing work of literature both because of its original presentation of the issue of racism in the US today and the original formal ways through which its message is communicated. It is formally innovative and technically experimental in an unusual “average reader”-friendly manner, situating itself a world apart from postmodern “poetics of interruption and illegibility”. Paradoxically, being almost a poem with a purpose, it expands existing categories. Its sociological orientation and emphasis on (...)
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    Billy Woods’s Literary Intertexts.Jožef Kolarič - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:182-193.
    While—like all artistic forms—it allows for deviation from this standard rule, rap is heavily reliant on building blocks of sixteen bars and a refrain. In addition, rhyme plays a prominent role in structuring rap, which is why the form is also colloquially referred to as “rhyming.” In view of this, Billy Woods’s record Today, I Wrote Nothing was a considerable departure from the existing rap norm. On the record, Woods stylistically adapted a collection of works by Russian absurdist writer Daniil (...)
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    The Consumptive Significance of Images and Interface Values in Cyberpunk Cities.Hossein Mohseni & Kian Soheil - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:236-256.
    Cyberpunk is one of the latest genres in the development of science fiction. The genre emerged during the 80s and 90s, and in it the characters are confronted by an abundance of images and interface values. As a result, these images and values have become key identifying motifs of this genre. Referring to the theoretical conceptualizations of Adam Roberts about novum, and Lieven De Cauter on capsules and capsulization, the present study argues that the reason for the abundance of images (...)
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    Online Humour, Cartoons, Videos, Memes, Jokes and Laughter in the Epoch of the Coronavirus.Christine Nicholls - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:274-318.
    From the onset of the indefinite deferral of our previously taken-for-granted lives, an abundance of humorous online cartoons, jokes, memes, videos and other satirical material relating to the COVID-19 outbreak—and its consequences—has emerged. Humorous responses to this dire global pandemic proliferate irrespective of location, nationality, ethnicity, age, gender and/or socio-political affiliations. Against a background of enforced lockdowns, quarantine, and sometimes gross political ineptitude, with a mounting daily global death toll, humour referencing this scourge continues to blossom. This may seem counterintuitive (...)
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    Cowboy Cops and Black Lives Matter: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and the Great White West[Ern].Debbie Olson - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:93-117.
    The racial framework of Martin McDonagh’s 2017 film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri rests at the intersection of three persistent cultural myths—the Frontier Myth, the hero cowboy myth and the myth of white supremacy. There has been much criticism of the portrayal of black characters in the film, and particularly the lack of significant black characters in a film that sports a solid undercurrent of racial politics. While the black characters in the film occupy a small amount of screen time, (...)
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    Between Poetic Voice and Silence: Hart Crane, Yvor Winters, Metapoetics and Emily Dickinson’s Legacy.Alicja Piechucka - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:336-363.
    The article is a comparative study of the ways in which two American modernist poets bound by a literary and human connection, Hart Crane and Yvor Winters, dealt with Emily Dickinson’s legacy in their own works. My study is an attempt to place Crane within the legacy of the American Renaissance as represented not by Walt Whitman, with whom he is customarily associated, but by Dickinson, and to examine the special place she holds in Crane’s poetry and in his thinking (...)
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    “Sardoodledom” on the English Stage: T. W. Robertson and the Assimilation of Well-Made Play Into the English Theatre.Anna Prośniak - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:446-459.
    The article discusses a vital figure in the development of modern English theatre, Thomas William Robertson, in the context of his borrowings, inspirations, translations and adaptations of the French dramatic formula pièce bien faite. The paper gives the definition and enumerates features of the formula created with great success by the French dramatist Eugène Scribe. Presenting the figure of Thomas William Robertson, the father of theatre management and realism in Victorian theatre, the focus is placed on his adaptations of French (...)
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    Sensorial Aesthetics: Cross-Modal Stylistics in Modernist Fiction.Niklas Salmose - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:321-335.
    This article argues that modernist fiction pointedly involves all our senses as part of its reaction to the project of modernity and progress, as well as to Victorian realism; it is not just a response to a heighted sensibility towards new soundscapes, new perceptions of motion and new olfactory experiences in the aftermath of industrialization and modernization. This “rebellion” involves a shift of focus from outer, rational and objective reality to inner, irrational and subjective consciousness, which drives the emphasis on (...)
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    Taking Horror as You Find It: From Found Manuscripts to Found Footage Aesthetics.Tomasz Sawczuk - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:223-235.
    An authenticator of the story and a well-tested enhancer of immersion, the trope of the found manuscript has been a persistent presence in Gothic writing since the birth of the genre. The narrative frame offered by purported textual artifacts has always aligned well with the genre’s preoccupation with questions of literary integrity, veracity, authorial originality, ontological anxiety and agency. However, for some time now the application of the found manuscript convention to Gothic fiction has been reduced to a mere token (...)
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    Metanarratives and Storytelling in Contemporary Mainstream Popular Music: Romeo and Juliet in the Making of the Star Persona.Eduardo Viñuela - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 10:209-222.
    This article analyzes how mainstream artists respond to the dynamics of online fan communities, developing complex metanarratives that interrelate their songs and music videos with their “personal” activity on social media. Audiences analyze in depth and discuss each release, contributing to its viralization on the internet. However, these strategies need strong narratives that allow convincing developments and transmedia storytelling, and this is where literature becomes a significant source of inspiration. I argue that the assumption of popular literary characters and narratives (...)
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    Reviews/Interviews/Contributors.Tomasz Fisiak, Wit Pietrzak, Antoni Górny, Krzysztof Majer, Bill Gaston, Uilleam Blacker & Joanna Kosmalska - 2020 - Text Matters - a Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture 6:293-328.
    Timeless Radcliffe: A Review of Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism and the Gothic - Tomasz Fisiak Yeats’s Genres and Tensions: A Review of Charles I. Armstrong’s Reframing Yeats: Genre, Allusion and History - Wit Pietrzak Review of Anna Pochmara’s The Making of the New Negro: Black Authorship, Masculinity, and Sexuality in the Harlem Renaissance - Antoni Górny “Artful Exaggeration” - Krzysztof Majer Interviews Bill Gaston Transcultural Theatre in the UK - Uilleam Blacker Talks to Joanna Kosmalska.
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