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Ludzkie i nie-ludzkie w cyklu Świat Dysku Terry’ego Pratchetta
The Human and the Non-Human in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series

Author(s): Maria Janoszka
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The Human and the Non-Human in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld SeriesThe goal of this article is to describe the varied functions of fantastic beings whoenter into relations with the human characters of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.The confrontation of the human and the non-human becomes a source of a deeperanthropological reflection. Even though Pratchett uses comical devices to presentthe tension building up on the axis of difference – identity – norm – stereotype, henonetheless treats the issue of the recognition of one’s own identity through the lensof the experience of radical otherness with a large dose of seriousness. The diversity ofproblems evoked by the stories of individual representatives of the different “races” orentire communities inhabiting the Discworld, reveals Pratchett as an astute observerof both absurdities and crucial problems of today, his sensitivity attuned to the labilityof the thresholds between the normative and the non-normative.

  • Page Range: 405-421
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish