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Oblicza wielokulturowości

Dział Nauki i Wydawnictw uprzejmie informuje, iż ukazała się monografia naukowa "Oblicza wielokulturowości" pod redakcją Ewy Paneckiej i Małgorzaty Kowalcze.

Praca rozpatruje różnorakie aspekty wielokulturowości. Składa się na nią 16 rozdziałów autorskich (anglo- i polskojęzycznych), które prezentują szeroki wachlarz zainteresowań: filozoficznych, literackich, językowych i dydaktycznych.

Napotykamy analizę dzieła literackiego, opisującego wyzwania, z jakimi zmierzyć się muszą osoby zderzające się z tradycją inną niż ta, z której wyrosły. Wśród prezentowanych rozpraw znajdujemy również te, które poruszają problematykę wielokulturowości w powieściach Goldina i Houllebecqua.

Znajdziemy również artykuł omawiający ideologię transhumanizmu ze wszystkimi tkwiącymi w niej zagrożeniami, i przeciwstawiający tę ideologię konceptowi wielokulturowości.

Recenzenci uznali, że zawarte w publikacji artykuły są niezwykle interesujące, ich tematyka jest nietuzinkowa, a rozważania w nich zawarte i finalizujące je konkluzje noszą cechy nowatorstwa.


Książka: 237 str.

Wydawnictwo: PPWSZ w Nowym Targu

Publikacja dostępna jest w Bibliotece PPUZ



The monograph seeks to establish, among other things, if cultural encounters always involve an exchange of some sort, or are rather a response to that culture which is perceived to be dominant. The authors represent various fields of the humanities including history, geography, anthropology, linguistics, foreign language teaching, literature, visual arts, cultural and gender studies, and their essays shed light on interculturalism, cosmopolitanism and issues of transcultural and cultural diversity. The language is English and Polish.
Our aims at publishing the essays are to prompt further study of active interaction with different cultures. In particular, we wanted to see what new ideas, or new perspectives on old ideas might be generated out of the field which covers:
1. Cross-cultural transition — adjustment to socio-cultural norms. Do cultural norms matter? What of rebellion against the coercive norms of society: feminism, gender and sexuality?
2. Crossing ethnic, racial and religious borders; individualism and collectivism. Occupation, captivity, deportation.
3. Psychological aspects of the process of cross-cultural transition; its effects on the shaping of identity and personality.
4. Cross-cultural experiences across linguistic barriers.
The focus of the essays falls within a broad thematic range. The first group of studies views culture through the perspective of literary works. Anna Bugajska shows a dark face of multiculturalism in her illuminating discussion of young adult literature. Ewa Panecka reads Kipling’s dramatic monologue as an essential focus for the issue of cultural norm. By offering an insightful analysis of "The Dharma Bums" Sylwia Wojciechowska introduces the theme of cultural convergence. For Małgorzata Kowalcze Golding’s "Rites of Passage" is an illustration of Plessner’s ‘artificial natural’; she argues that Golding, like Plessner, views human condition asa perpetual conflict between nature and culture. Michał Palmowski, on the other hand, investigates a confrontation of two different cultures: European liberal and Islamic orthodox in Houellebecq’s dystopian "Submission".
The second group of essays moves from literature to language. Kamil Tchórzewski demonstrates how accent betrays the speaker while Tomasz Krawczyk looks at bilingual and multilingual speakers who adjust their ‘selves’ depending on which language they use.
Both Elżbieta Stanisz and Monika Madej-Cetnarowska offer some wider explorations of multiculturalism through the political lens. While Stanisz discusses the cultural implications of revival of native tongues Cornish and Manx, now extinct on the Isle of Man, Madej-Cetnarowska warns against the philosophy and practice of transhumanism, as lethal to multiculturalism.
The next group of essays opens a new dimension in the discussion of cultures in contact: the authors note the way that cultural awareness is taught during the lessons of English as a foreign language. Dorota Suder calls for more emphasis on communication skills in Polish schools and Jadwiga Laskowska’s concern is about the cultural assimilation of Poles who work in the United Kingdom.
Katarzyna Maria Nosidlak, on the other hand, evaluates the level of intercultural competence of learners of English in the Polish context, and her central issue is global communication. As a lecturer teaching in the multicultural classroom Gregory S. Szarycz sees multiculturalism and multicultural education in Poland emerging in relation to increasing diversity of foreign students who study together with Polish ones.
The final group of essays includes the European dimension of cultures in contact. Małgorzata Muszyńska-Kurnik concentrates on intercultural competence as the objective of European programs, for example Erasmus, and Joanna Rokita-Jaśkow outlines the main assumptions of the official policy of the European Commission concerning foreign language teaching and learning.
Bartosz Warzycki has contributed a challenging essay on the person of the translator of literature. He writes about the translation of "Great Gatsby" by Ariadna Demkowska-Bohdziewicz and another by Jacek Dehnel, claiming that differences in the translators’ choices come from their respective sex; in other words, Warzycki’s essay belongs to the field of gender studies.
No contributor claims to be dogmatic or definitive about cultures in contact. In fact, in some essays there is a lot of skepticism concerning the very idea of multiculturalism. The purpose of this selection was to raise questions rather than give answers, and thus offer readers some ‘food for thought’.
                                                                                                                    Ewa Panecka
                                                                                                                    Małgorzata Kowalcze


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