Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture



Spaces of Expression and Repression in Post-Millennial North-American Literature and Visual Culture

Izabella Kimak / Julia Nikiel (eds.)

The essays included in this book offer an overview of literary works, films, TV series, and computer games, which reflect current social and political developments since the beginning of this century. The contributions intend to x-ray the most crucial aspects of contemporary North-American literature and culture. Addressing a variety of media, the authors of the essays probe the many ways in which repression and expression are the primary keywords for understanding contemporary American life and culture.

Table of contents


Julia Leyda
Negative Mobilities

Paweł Frelik
Eye(s) in the Sky: Icons of War and Techno-Gaze in Contemporary Audiovisual Culture

Paulina Ambroży
Portraits Painterly and Poetic: John Ashbery and Gerhard Richter

Andrew J. Ploeg
The Dynamic Space of Divinity and Ontology in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves

Joanna Stolarek
Self-Expression and Sexual Repression in Joyce Carol Oates’s “The White Cat” and Beasts

Elli Kyrmanidou
A Space in-between Genders: Rethinking the American Bildungsroman from an Intersex Perspective

Aleksandra Kamińska
Expressing the Uncertainty, Reflecting Memory: The Role of Memorabilia in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Petra Filipová
Representation of Asexuality in The Big Bang Theory

Olga Korytowska
#effyourbeautystandards: Body Positivity Movement as an Expression of Feminist Identity

Ewelina Feldman-Kołodziejuk
Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma in Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County

Patrycja Antoszek
Affect and Memory in Toni Morrison’s God Help the Child

Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis
A Sense of Otherness: Auditory-Gustatory Synesthesia and Cultural Identity in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth

Izabella Kimak
Text, Image and Sound: Artistic Tiers in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Queen of Dreams

Sławomir Studniarz
A New Take on “The Mournful and Never Ending Remembrance”: Personal Loss and the Trauma of History in E. L. Doctorow’s Andrew’s Brain

Anna Gilarek
Repression and Control in a Post-Panoptic Anti-Utopian State: The Radch Empire in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy

Julia Nikiel
Emotion Management and Damage Control: Navigating Global Reality in William Gibson’s Bigend Trilogy

Paweł Kołtuniak
Player as a Victim of Repression and a Tool of Oppression in the Totalitarian World of Papers, Please