Fictions and Metafictions of Evil: Essays in Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies

Fictions and Metafictions of Evil: Essays in Literary Criticism, Comparative Literature and Interdisciplinary Studies


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This volume contains sixteen essays of literary criticism, comparative literature and interdisciplinary studies by Polish, German, Welsh, French and American scholars. It features a voyage through the sea of evil from the beginning of time to the present, from the creation of the world (Hughes) to contemporary terrorism (Wajdi Mouawad). It examines all genres of literature, from Shakespeare to Hopkins and Roethke, to Dickens and Orzeszkowa, Faulkner and McCarthy, Baldwin and Burdekin. The Gesamtkunst which evil has inspired in this volume includes the Victorian Protestant novel and children’s literature, hypertext (M. Joyce, Moulthrop) and metafiction (Coetzee, Munch) as well as music, philosophy, stylistics (Tolkien) and the visual arts (Tintoretto, Munch).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631629277
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Grażyna M. T. Branny, affiliated to the Pedagogical University in Kraków, Poland, is a Conrad, Faulkner, Toni Morrison and Louise Erdrich scholar.
J. Gill Holland, Professor Emeritus of Davidson College, USA, has published on English, Chinese and Norwegian literatures and art.

Table of Contents

Contents: Anna Pietrzykowska-Motyka: «Read Thine Own Evil»: Exploring the Faces of Evil in King Lear – Monika Mazurek: Awful Disclosures, or, Evil in Disguise: The Convent in the Victorian Protestant Novel – Jan Rybicki: «To What Serves Mortal Beauty» in «The Windhover» – Przemysław Michalski: The Problem of Violence in the Poetry of Theodore Roethke – Jutta Göller/Karl Heinz Göller (†): How Evil Came into the World: Ted Hughes’s «Apple Tragedy»: A Satirical Antithesis to the Biblical Myth of Creation – Aleksandra Budrewicz-Beratan: Social Evil in Eliza Orzeszkowa and Charles Dickens – Laurence Davies: Evil Communications in Burdekin and Baldwin – Grażyna M. T. Branny: The Unspoken and the Unspeakable: Evil and Intertextuality in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark – Marek Pawlicki: Reading Evil, Writing Evil in J. M. Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello and The Master of Petersburg – Dominik Becher: The Disappearance of Evil?: The Anti-Villain as Identification Figure for Young Readers – Wojciech Majka: Subjectivity and Beyond: Ethics and the Question of Good and Evil – Małgorzata Pawłowska: Diabolus in Musica – J. Gill Holland: Fictions and Metafictions of Evil: The Case of Edvard Munch, Artist and Author – Joanna Podhorodecka: Reviving «Dead» Metaphors: Images of Evil in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings – Emilia Branny-Jankowska: Demons of Technology: The Computer, the Society and Evil in Michael Joyce’s afternoon and Stuart Moulthrop’s Hegirascope – Anne Luyat: Terra Infidel: Tintoretto’s The Annunciation in Wajdi Mouawad’s Ciels.

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