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From «Moby-Dick» to «Finnegans Wake»

Essays in Close Reading- Edited by Janusz Semrau · Warsaw Studies In English Language and Literature

by Janusz Semrau


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This volume is a posthumous revised edition of selected papers by Andrzej Kopcewicz on classic works of American and Irish fiction, published originally between 1979 and 2005. The book opens with two introductory sketches: a semi-theoretical one on intertextuality and a semi-historical one on the interaction of high and low literary forms. The gist of the book are textual analyses of the intricacies and reciprocities of some of the best-known works by Herman Melville, Frank R. Stockton, Henry Adams, Thomas Pynchon, Gilbert Sorrentino, Donald Barthelme, Paul Auster, Flann O'Brien, and James Joyce. While the essays lend themselves to being read in any order, as well as in isolation, the underlying Peircean-Joycean premise of the book is a semiotic-mythical commodius vicus of palimpsestic recirculation. Informed by a combination of poetic sensibility and disciplined as well as erudite mind, the ten essays collected here demonstrate that the agenda and methods of the more traditional close reading and the more contemporary intertextuality are not exclusive of each other.

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Peter Lang
Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
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Warsaw Studies In English Language and Literature


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Janusz Semrau (Author)

Andrzej Kopcewicz (1934-2007) was the first professor ordinarius of American literature in the history of English studies in Poland. For over thirty years, he was head of the first department of American literature in Poland, at the School of Engl...

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