(Mis)Reading America: American Dreams, Fictions and Illusions

(Mis)Reading America: American Dreams, Fictions and Illusions

CONTENTS

Introduction. From John Smith’s Map to Southland Tales – Four Centuries of Reading America

 

READING AMERICA

Andrea O’Reilly Herrera

Cartographies of Knowledge: The Remapping of American Literature and Culture

Cezar M. Ornatowski

Imagining Collective Identities: America, Europe, and Their Others

Anna Bendrat

Presidents Declare War: Abraham Lincoln and Constitutional “Power Grabs”

Maciej Masłowski

Reading the Book of America. A Note on Puritan Historiography, Conspiracy Theories, and the American Interpretive Compulsion

 

THE PASTS

Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis

The Fall of the House of the Elite: A Reading of Southern Aristocracy through the Architectural Correlative

Agnieszka Salska

“…something fantastic and abracadabrant, belonging to no known language”: Henry James’ Perplexed Readings of the American Scene

Anna Warso

Speaking through the Masks: the Role of Blackface Minstrelsy in John Berryman’s Dream Songs

Justyna Kociatkiewicz

A Reading of a Reading of America: Robert Coover’s The Public Burning

Marta Koval

The Enigma of Untold Stories: Narratives of the Present as Mirrors of the Past in T.C. Boyle’s World’s End

Zuzanna Ładyga

Simulating the Pastoral in David Foster Wallace’s “The View from Mrs. Thompson’s”

Jerzy Kamionowski

“Who Do the Saying”? – (Mis)Reading America in Toni Morrison’s “The Dead of September 11” and Amiri Baraka’s “Somebody Blew Up America”

 

VISIONS OF FUTURES AND PASTS THAT NEVER CAME

Anna Gilarek

The Vision of Fascist America in Alternate History Novels by Philip K. Dick and Philip Roth

Emilia Borowska

Debugging and Deprogramming America in William T. Vollmann’s You Bright and Risen Angels

Aleksandra Bubiło

Heterotopias in the Novels of Chuck Palahniuk

Kamil Rusiłowicz

Walking among the Ruins: Reading the Post-Apocalyptic America in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

 

ETHNIC READINGS

Grzegorz Welizarowicz

Richard Montoya’s (Re)Readings of the Chicano/a

Ewa Antoszek

Marianismo and Malinchismo: the Role of Sexuality in the Production of Disfigured Images of Chicanas in Face of an Angel by Denise Chávez

Anna Pochmara-Ryżko

Following the Transatlantic Trail – the Tropes of Africa, America, and Europe in the Writings of Alain Locke

Małgorzata Poks

Reading Toni Morrison’s Paradise as an Exercise in the Poetics of the Impossible

Izabella Kimak

Americans Misreading (Other) Americans: Racial Subjects in the post-9/11 US in two South Asian American Novels

Jerzy Durczak

The Shrinking World of Growing Up: from Claude Brown to Junot Díaz

Karolina Majkowska

Non-reading of America in Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak!

Marta Mazurek

(Mis)reading the Negress: Dessa Rose and Womanist Praxis

 

MEDIA READINGS

Edyta Frelik

Verbi-visual Contexts in 20th-century American Painting

Zofia Kolbuszewska

Hybridity and (Mis)reading at/of the American Frontier: Travelling with Nobody in Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man

Sławomir Konkol

That Communal Dream – Laurie Anderson’s Re-readings of Subjectivity