Bridges between Cultures. Ties and Knots

Agnieszka Adamowicz-Pośpiech, Ewa Borkowska, Tomasz Kalaga, red.

Centred on the metaphor of bridges and knots, this volume investigates the dialogic and dialectical relationships between socially dissimilar and topographically distant cultures. The contributions here explore various methodological frameworks for discourses and theories that purport to conceptualize cultural spaces, which – as opposed to objective, geographical areas – are characterized by the propensity to bind topographical distances by means of symbolic ties and perimeters. The chapters address possible juxtapositions and intersections of spatial and temporal dimensions of cultural practice, religious and ethical “ties and knots” between lands and cultures, disconnections between historical, literary and cultural epochs, discourses of cultural entanglement and cultural ensnarement on individual and social levels, and the possibilities of raising aesthetic bridges between various cultures in music, poetry and visual arts, among other topics.


Zbigniew Białas

Skromny rozmiarami dziennik Rutki ujawniony sześćdziesiąt lat po wojnie był sensacją historyczną. Rekonstruując losy dziewczyny w zbeletryzowanej formie Zbigniew Białas w nowej, niecierpliwie wyczekiwanej powieści składa wzruszający hołd nastolatce, której przyszło dorastać w nieludzkich czasach (informacja wydawcy).

From Mind to Text: Continuities and Breaks Between Cognitive, Aesthetic and Textualist Approaches to Literature explores the historical context of theory formation and of its contemporary status, including an overview of debates about theory’s role in literary studies provided both by representatives of theory itself, as well as by those who distance themselves from it.

Wielkie tematy literatury amerykańskiej. T. 7: Miłość

Sonia Caputa, Agnieszka Woźniakowska, red.

"Oddajemy do rąk Państwa kolejny, siódmy już tom Wielkich tematów literatury amerykańskiej. Tym razem motywem przewodnim zbioru stała się miłość. Autorzy jedenastu zamieszczonych w zbiorze tekstów próbują odpowiedzieć na pytanie, czy rzeczywiście miłość jest wielkim tematem amerykańskim. Czy członkowie tego społeczeństwa, na ogół postrzeganego jako pragmatyczne, materialistyczne i konsumpcyjne, cenią uczucie miłości? Czy istnieją, a jeśli tak, to jakie są literackie obrazy miłości w literaturze (i kulturze) amerykańskiej? Niniejszy tom podejmuje próbę odpowiedzi na te i podobne pytania." (Sonia Caputa, Agnieszka Woźniakowska – Wstęp)

Drawing on love studies and research in material cultures, this book seeks to re-examine love through materiality studies, especially their recent incarnations, new materialism and object-oriented philosophy, to spark a debate on the relationship between love, objects and forms of materializing affection. It focuses on love as a material form and traces connections between feelings and materiality, especially in relation to the changing notion of the material as marked by digital culture, as well as the developments in understanding the nature of non-human affect. It provides insight into how materiality, in its broadest sense, impacts the understanding of the meanings and practices of love today and reversely, how love contributes to the production and transformation of the material world. 

This book intertwines phenomenological fieldwork with a wide range of Heidegger’s writings to explore how our everyday uses of mobile media technologies permit a unique avenue to rediscover poiēsis, our creative cultivation that is simultaneously a bringing forth, a revealing. Shining a light on poiēsis better allows us to see how human beings are, at their core, dwellers that disclose worlds and cultivate meaning. In our chaotic modern world, our ability to appreciate this foundational feature of our existence seems to be fading from view. Such forgetting has fractured our confidence; we increasingly question, doubt, and struggle with what unfolds before us. This book thus argues that we ought to look towards our intimate and recursive mobile media practices as the avenue for which we can revitalize poiēsis, as doing so allows us a purview into how we are always situated in a meaningful locale, playing an imperative role in its continued cultivation.

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