Affinities, a collection of essays dedicated to Professor Tadeusz Rachwal, a noted literary historian and cultural critic, pioneer of the present-day cultural studies in Poland, includes texts written by his friends, colleagues, and disciples. As it turns out, even though the topics discussed by the particular authors differ from each other, the volume has a definite focus: literature and culture from the early modern times to the present, approached in ways that combine attention to the textual detail with a broad perspective of social change and the ability to use the hermeneutics of suspicion to see through various received ideas and petrified ideologies. Scholars from Poland, the UK, and the USA have demonstrated that Professor Rachwal attracts minds that unite critical passion and inquisitiveness with expertise in many fields of research in today's (post-)humanities.
Contents: Tadeus Slawek: Dark Ones. Animals and the Ends of Man - Noel Gray: Fi-sci - Richard Terdiman: Globalization and Cultural Studies: Conceptualization, Convergence, and Complication - Art Redding: Be Free! Globalism and Democratic Pedagogy in Henry James and Henry Adams - Rafal Majka: The Paranoid Mind: The (Im)possibility of Radical Change - Wojciech Jozef Burszta: "Culture": The Paradoxes of Anthropological Imagination - Stephen Tapscott: "See how they hurry to enter their bodies": Jorie Graham and the Move Beyond Modernism - Anna Warso: "Harms & the child I sing": Stories of Loss and Self in John Berryman's The Dream Songs - Malgorzta Grzegorzewska: On the Verge of the (In-)Visible: The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins - Eliza Borkowska: "Trailing clouds of glory do we come/ From God..."; but wherein do we arrive? Wordsworth's Approaches to Infinity - Piotr Skurowski: Land of the Grotesque: Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and the "Orientalized" Image of the Post-Cold War Eastern Europe - Jerzy Sobieraj: Black Learning, Land, and Labour in Southern Reconstruction - Mikolaj Wisniewski: "Almost a Joke": A Reading of Five Poems by Robert Frost - Marek Wilczynski: Redeemer Nations: Polish and American Romantic Rhetoric of Mission - Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich: Use of Humour in Holocaust-related Fiction by American and Polish Writers (Tova Reich and Igor Ostachowicz) - Tomasz Markiewka: A Silenced Land: Comparative Literature in the Upper Silesian Context - Anna Branach-Kallas: The Trauma of Multicultural Renunciation: Kerri Sakamoto's The Electrical Field - Tomasz Basiuk: The Linkage of Homosexuality and Death in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia - Zuzanna Szatanik: "Fearing That Which Need Not Be Feared?": A Gendered Reading of Agoraphobia - Agata Sitko: Can S/HE Become Normal? - Tomasz Sikora: Is there an Outside? - Ewa Macura-Nnamdi: (Un)Homing Women: Domestic Politics in Abdulrazak Gurnah's Desertion - Joanna Szymanska: On Motion - Ben Dorfman: The Scent of Happiness in the Sun - Agnieszka Pantuchowicz: Monkey Tail.