Contemporary Perspectives on Language, Culture and Identity in Anglo-American Contexts. Edited by Éva Antal, Csaba Czeglédi and Eszter Krakkó

Renáta Zsámba
2020 Eger Journal of English Studies  
The editors of the present collection have borrowed Hans-Georg Gadamer's idea of "the 'fusion of horizons' [that] marks the in-between space where the new possibilities of meaning and our understanding of alterity lie" (viii). Consequently, this collection undertakes two things, first, it foregrounds individual and unique perspectives, and second, it also attempts to generate a dialogue between the texts. The critical papers included present the great variety one finds in contemporary scholarly
more » ... temporary scholarly discourse in the fields of English and American Studies and English linguistics. While the inclusion of a wide range of papers could have imperilled the coherence and the dialogue of the articles, the editors overcome this challenge by a thematic arrangement. It is due to this careful organization of the articles from different fields of study that the reader is enabled to find the "fusion of horizons" and expand his/her own limits of understanding. Thus, the collection is divided into six parts that observe the field and the main theme of the respective subsections. The majority of the papers are dedicated to British and American literature of not only the 19 th and 20 th century, but truly contemporary fiction as well. The theoretical approach applied in the essays include memory, cultural, ethnic and gender studies, as well as criticism of narratology and fiction after postmodernism. The second half of the collection is divided between history and linguistics. The section focussing on history includes engaging articles that address various historical epochs and themes explored through authentic documents, Hollywood productions, history films or multimedia representations. The true strength of the final two sections on linguistics is the fresh insight it offers into the connection of theory and practice that target phonological variations in Hollywood productions, the literal and figurative expressions of sadness and happiness, and teaching academic English to foreign students of English at the university. The first part is dedicated to images of recollection, cultural and collective memory. This section opens with Adrian Radu's investigation of D. H. Lawrence's short stories of the 1920s. Radu claims that Lawrence's works display a mythopoeic capacity, which implies that "the author entirely adopts mythemes as a mode of discourse with cognitive functions, offering explanation for fundamental feelings as
doi:10.33035/egerjes.2020.20.121 fatcat:su5z3vppsnhthmsbi4kdprpo2u