Marta Fratczak-DabrowskaAdam Mickiewicz University | UAM · Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics
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Marta Fratczak-Dabrowska currently works at the Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University. Her current project is 'All that glitters is gold: A contemporary vision of the (im)material legacy of (post)colonial wealth as seen through the example of Anglo-Caribbean fiction'.
The present article is a critical rereading of Caryl Phillips’s latest novel The Lost Child (2015). It looks at the text as both a literary comment on the crisis of today’s global capitalism and as an acute socio-economic analysis of the crisis’ roots and effects. It is being argued that, by placing Wuthering Heights (1847) as an intertext for his...
This chapter offers a comparative critical rereading of three historical novels that describe the West Indian plantations—Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women, Andrea Levy’s The Long Song, and David Dabydeen’s Johnson’s Dictionary. The analysis presented in the chapter is premised on the assumption that postcolonial literary narratives, and espec...
This article discusses Wałbrzych (in German, Waldenburg), a city located in Poland, ten kilometres away from the Czech Republic, as a peripheral space within a national and neo-liberal narrative. It looks into the way Joanna Bator’s novel Dark, Almost Night (2012) describes Wałbrzych for her readers, as she conjures up a paradoxical image of a plac...
The present article centres on Washington Black-a neo-slave narrative whose eponymous hero documents his route from slavery to freedom. The novel offers insight into how the structural legacy of colonialism lives on in (neo-)liberalism, which is understood here as a currently dominant socioeconomic system and a set of beliefs rooted in the colonial...
The present article scrutinizes the phenomenon of a systemic silencing of the past visible in recent socio-political challenges caused by Brexit, especially in the case of the Irish border. Due to the comparative character of the paper, the attention is targeted at a symptomatic amnesia manifested on the British and Northern Irish sides. Postcoloni...
This article discusses the ecocritical dimension of contemporary Anglo Guyanese fiction and the challenge it poses to anthropocentric philosophy and economic exploitation of the land and minorities, as well as to the environmental insensitivity of today’s world. Through a reading of novels by Cyril Dabydeen (Dark Swirl, 1996), Pauline Melville (The...