Polish Scholars on Scottish Writers

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Polish Scholars on Scottish Writers

An Interpretative Collage

Edited by Aniela Korzeniowska and Izabela Szymańska

ISBN 978-83-7507-242-6
Format B-5, 180 s., 5 rys., Name Index

Over the last decades we have seen Scottish Studies develop quite rapidly in several European countries, especially in Germany and France. However, there is also a growing circle of Polish scholars attracted to and deeply involved in Scottish literature and culture, and this book has grown out of these individual interests. The articles collected here and written by specialists in the fields of literary studies, translation studies, linguistics and history, affiliated to some of the leading Polish academic centres (the Universities of Łódź, Gdańsk, Olsztyn and Warsaw), stem from a series of open lectures entitled “Polish Scholars on Scottish Writers”, organised by the Scottish Studies Research Group, which is part of the Institute of English Studies at the University of Warsaw. This series of lectures was initiated as a response to the growing interest of students and academic staff in the literature, culture, languages and political situation of Scotland, and to the shift of Scottish themes from the periphery of English Studies to investigations into regional cultures of Europe.

As our guest lecturers and also some specially invited contributors were free to choose their own Scottish writer, this volume had no single predetermined theme. The aim was rather to give our authors an opportunity to share with us their current research projects and recurrent fascinations with Scottish issues, and in particular with certain Scottish authors, showing a number of angles from which they are nowadays studied. It has to be added that all the scholars who kindly agreed to participate in this venture have already published highly appreciated work within Scottish Studies in addition to their writings in their other fields of interest. This has resulted in kaleidoscopic insights into a variety of periods, writers, genres and topics. At the same time, this collage of individual interpretations and seemingly scattered themes reveals an intriguing network of reappearing motifs characteristic of Scottish literature and culture as analysed in contemporary research. Motifs that have become widely associated with Scottish literature and culture are counterpoint- ed here with new variations and with refreshingly unexpected shifts of perspective: we encounter multiple aspects of identity but also universalism and openness to the Other, duality but also heterogeneity, the supernatural but also science, familiar stereotypes but also their reversals.

Table of Contents

Aniela Korzeniowska
Introducing an Interpretative Collage: from King James VI to Andrew Crumey

Paweł Rutkowski
The Devil’s Mark, Black Toads and Magic Storms: King James and Witchcraft

Izabela Szymańska
On Recreating Identity in Translation. R. L. Stevenson’s “Tale of Tod Lapraik” and Its Polish Rendition

Piotr Stalmaszczyk
Language, Landscape and Place in 20th-Century Gaelic Poetry: A Note on Iain Crichton Smith and Sorley MacLean

Halszka Leleń
Axiological Semantics in the Discourse of the Literary Periphery in Selected Orkney Poetry

Jerzy Jarniewicz
Ian Hamilton Finlay and the Insufficiency of Syntax

Monika Kocot
“The Beauty of the Seemingly Commonplace” – Japanese Influences in Alan Spence’s Poetry

Monika Szuba
Burnside’s Bestiary: The Significance of Birds and Other Animals in John Burnside’s Poetry

Aniela Korzeniowska
“Extinction” by Jackie Kay, and Anger

Dominika Lewandowska-Rodak
A View from Outwith: The Vision of Scotland in Michel Faber’s Under the Skin and Its Film Adaptation

Ewa Szymańska-Sabala
Rewriting Glasgow’s Cityscapes: Affirmative Duality in So I Am Glad by A. L. Kennedy

Dominika Oramus
‘Scotland becomes another Scotland.’ The Clash of Alternate Realities in Andrew Crumey’s Mobius Dick

Name Index


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