The online registration for 3rd-year BA students for Elective Courses will commence on Monday 31st January at 8.00 pm and will close on Wednesday 2nd February at 11.59 pm. In order to register students access the following website: usosweb.uni.lodz.pl.

Each student chooses one course. All courses will be held online on Fridays at 5pm.

There are limits to the number of students in the groups. In the case of denied access to the group, please make an alternative choice.
Course descriptions of available courses can be found below.

dr hab. Alicja Piechucka, Women in American Modernism
The course is intended as an overview of how women and femininity are represented in American literary modernism, the period which saw considerable changes in the roles of women and traditional perception of the sexes, culminating in the emergence of the New Woman. Modernism also saw the emergence of numerous interesting women writers who, sadly, are not always included in basic American literature course syllabi.
The focus of the course will not, however, be on women’s literature only. To make the scope of the syllabus as comprehensive as possible, it seems advisable to take into consideration the points of view of both sexes and, consequently, to include texts by both male and female authors. The reading list encompasses works by key representatives of high modernism, such as T. S. Eliot, as well as authors whom the students have not yet encountered during their course of study such as Mina Loy. The overall aim of the course is to deepen the students’ knowledge of American modernist literature and help them look at it from new perspectives.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Joanna Kruczkowska, Environment and ecocriticism
The course takes up issues related to natural and human environment reflected in literature, art and film (of the British Isles mainly, but not only) as well as basic assumptions of international ecocriticism. The discussion will involve climate change and possible solutions, ecofeminism, the pandemic, housing crisis, tourism, animal/human relations, technology etc. Cultural responses to these issues raise our awareness and stimulate us to change our perception of contemporary society and the planet. The course closes with individual projects inspired by the themes or works discussed in class.

dr Marcin Trojszczak, Language, mind, and culture
The course aims to present some cutting edge research into linguistics that shows how language functions on the neurological, psychological, and cultural levels. More specifically, it discusses 1) the neurobiological basis of human language – where in our brain is it processed and represented?; 2) language-related psychological phenomena, for instance, language production and comprehension, inner speech, mental simulation, tip-of-the-tongue effect, etc.; 3) linguistic and cognitive relativity, i.e., the ways in which language shapes our thinking and vice versa; 4) the role of culture in language and communication including topics such as politeness, language socialization, and metaphors and metonymies. The course combines lectures introducing key concepts with in-class discussions, activities, and presentations.

dr Agnieszka Rasmus, Made in Britain, Remade in H…
Throughout history, artists have borrowed elements from earlier works for use in new cultural contexts and applying new technologies. This class focuses on one particular example of such borrowings: American remakes of British films, stars, filmmakers, and TV series, providing you with an insight into British cinema, Hollywood industry, new media and seriality studies.  We will analyse recent critical discourse on remakes as a form of adaptation as well as look at a few case studies (e.g. The Office, The Wicker Man, Death at a Funeral, etc.) from a range of theoretical perspectives (e.g. star studies, genre, adaptation, etc.).

mgr Marek Molenda, Pedagogical lexicography
The course introduces students to pedagogical lexicography. We will explore theoretical basis of the lexicographic description as well as practical aspects of dictionary building.

The online registration for 2nd-year BA students for Elective Courses will commence on Friday 28th January at 8.00 pm and will close on Sunday 30th January at 11.59 pm. In order to register students access the following website: usosweb.uni.lodz.pl.

Each student chooses one course in each of the following categories (four courses altogether):

Zajęcia elektywne A
Zajęcia elektywne B
Zajęcia elektywne C
Zajęcia elektywne D

There are limits to the number of students in the groups. In the case of denied access to the group, please make an alternative choice.
Course descriptions of available courses can be found below.

Elective courses A (Tuesdays 15:15)

dr hab. Piotr Spyra, The Protestant Reformation in Early Modern England
The course will be devoted to the English Reformation in its cultural, theological and historical contexts. We will discuss examples of religious propaganda (both literary and pictorial), study the intersections of religion with witchcraft and necromancy, and try to understand the Puritan mind. We will also look at the religious demographics of 21st-century Britain and discuss the connections between Protestantism and secularization.

dr Agata Handley, Intertextual Encounters: Interrogating the Presence of Art in Literature, Film and Music Video
Works of art have often been appropriated and repurposed by other artists, working in different art forms.

The course is designed to make you aware of the multiple relationships that exist between visual and literary/textual art forms, and to invite you to explore the turbulent and often subversive nature of those relationships. The main objectives of the course are to learn how to read works intertextually, i.e., to identify how artworks have been appropriated by other artists; to explore the interrelationship between different art forms; and to reflect on the nature of a creative process which is inspired by artworks ancient and modern.
We will focus primarily on the presence of visual arts (e.g., painting, sculpture, and photography) in 20th and 21st century literature, film and music video, engaging in an analysis of representative literary and visual sources, and selections from critical and theoretical texts. You will study work by W.H. Auden, Seamus Heaney, Tony Harrison, Beyonce, and more. You will be encouraged to adopt individual, creative approaches to works of art and literature; and to explore such concepts as intermediality and ekphrasis.

dr Magdalena Szuster, How Plays Work – contemporary American musical theatre and drama
In this course we will look, in very broad terms, at what makes a play and/or a performance work by investigating the various aspects that contribute to the commercial success of a play and its artistic merit. To do so, we will look at some of the most prominent works of American playwrights (mid 20th century to the present) and explore the negotiation between the particularities of the plays in a broader context.
The in-class discussions will be based on assigned readings (articles, plays) and various movie adaptations. The students will also have an opportunity to acquire practical knowledge in stage production (in cooperation with The Music Theatre of Łódź/Teatr Muzyczny w Łodzi). As the course focuses on creative thinking and no final exam is required, active participation and constructive contribution to classroom conversation are crucial.

dr Wiktor Pskit, Word-formation across languages
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with topics in word-formation in English, Polish and (selected) other languages and to equip students with research tools facilitating contrastive word-formation studies. The issues to be discussed include basic concepts in morphology and word-formation, simple and complex words, inflection and derivation, productivity in word-formation, a contrastive approach to word-formation processes in English, Polish and (selected) other languages, and selected contemporary theoretical approaches in morphology.

dr hab. Jerzy Badio, From text to discourse
The course invites its participants to study forms, functions, contexts or topics of a variety of English texts. The students will analyse British and American magazine articles, parts of modern British novels, academic texts, oral presentations, or jokes in order to uncover their structure, meaning, cohesion, coherence, units, background ideologies, goals, or constructions from the point of view of Pragmatics, Cognitive Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. The course participants will be encouraged to take part in group and pair work. Students’ evaluation of the texts will be promoted as well as focus on the use of English during the classes. Some attention will also be spent on how the above topics could be developed into a BA project.

drhab. Katarzyna Ostalska, From SF fiction to digital literature
The following course is going to explore the path from SF literature (i.e. Gibson’s Neuromancer) to new types of digital forms of literary works. The aim of the course is to examine how the usage of the electronic media changes the understanding of what “text” is and how it expands possibilities of interpretations.

 

Elective Courses B (Wednesdays 10:00)

prof. dr hab. Andrzej Wicher, A Literary Tutorial in Anglophone Fantastic Literature
The tutorial is, generally speaking, focused on  (mainly anglophone) fantastic literature (fantasy and science fiction) in its historical development, starting with the Gothic novel and ending with the late 20th c. fantasy literature. The planned semester papers should concern the above mentioned genres, including  film adaptations. Longer texts will be discussed on the basis of selected excerpts.

prof. dr hab. Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Celtic Languages and Language Contact in the British Isles
The aim of this course is twofold: first, it will discuss and analyse patterns of language contact in general, and in the British Isles in particular; second, the seminar will present selected items in the linguistic history of the British Isles. Language contact will be investigated within the historical and contemporary processes in the British Isles (concentrating especially on the Celtic languages and the Celtic Englishes).

The following issues will be discussed in more detail: understanding language contact; Celtic peoples, their history, culture, literatures and languages; history of Celtic languages; decline of the Celtic languages; informal introduction to Modern Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh; language revival (especially the case of Cornish and Manx) and recent developments; sociolinguistic issues in the history of Celtic languages; problems of defining and delimiting language and dialect; Celtic influence on English vocabulary.
The course provides an opportunity for comparing and contrasting languages and linguistic structures (English/Irish within the Indo-European context). The course is accessible to students intending to specialise in language/linguistics and literature/culture.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Przemysław Krakowian, Current orientations in language teaching
This familiarisation seminar is meant for students whose interest lie in the area of language teaching and who wish to write on a variety of topics within persistent issues in ELT in a modern school setting. The course is conceived as a presentation of selected issues in the field of EFL/ESL in order to provide a comprehensive perspective on the learning/teaching process, with some emphasis on the role of popular technology in language learning, new technologies and the Internet in teaching, mobile learning, distance learning, online learning environments and authoring tools, online assessment and computerised/electronic portfolia in skill development and language assessment.

dr Monika Sarul, Art and Trauma
The course takes a look at some examples of how art is used to present and discuss trauma. Particular attention is paid to how art depicts and/or supports the healing process after trauma. The majority of analysed works focus on war veterans of conflicts from the past (WW I and WW II) as well as contemporary ones (wars in Iraq and Afghanistan). Apart from that, there are a few examples of art depicting civilians dealing with trauma caused by military conflicts, as well as people facing sexual or family trauma. The classes will mainly focus on three broad categories of art: theatre plays, prose and poetry, and films, TV series and animated TV shows.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Krzysztof Kosecki, Fundamentals of Translation
The course focuses on basic concepts and strategies of translation from English into Polish and Polish into English. The following problems will be discussed and analyzed in numerous practical exercises: the role of context in translation; equivalence on word level; equivalence above word level; lexical and grammatical translation strategies; translation of idioms; culture in translation; pragmatics in translation; cognitive and communicative aspects of translation.

mgr Mark Tardi, Like Totally ’80s!: Exploring a Pivotal Decade
Big hair. Big cars. Embarrassing fashion. New Wave music and the 2nd British Invasion. The AIDS epidemic. MTV. This course is an exploratory seminar which will consider the lasting effects and influences of the 1980s in America through landmark work at the time. The work of prominent figures such as Michael Jackson, John Hughes, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Alice Walker, Prince, Bret Easton Ellis, Don DeLillo, Bill Cosby, and others will be examined critically and in a wider context. What do the various works reveal about prevailing concerns at the time? What fears persist? How are racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic differences portrayed? What impact can be seen today?

 

Elective Courses C (Wednesdays 11:45)

mgr Mark Tardi, Contemporary American Women Writers & The Innovative Necessity
This is a once-in-a-lifetime discussion class that will feature several in-class visits by internationally-renowned American women writers. Innovation has been the pulse drum of American literary, artistic, and economic endeavors since the mid-19th century, and as such, we will consider the context that produces and the effects of innovation within contemporary American literature. How do contemporary innovative writers expand our view of earlier innovators and canonical figures, such as Dickinson, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Stein, or Whitman? How do innovative and hybrid literary works reflect contemporary concerns? What is the relationship between innovation and racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic differences? How are technology, sexuality, humor, or emotional register conceptualized? The work of writers Nathalie Handal, Don Mee Choi, Sarah Mangold, E. Tracy Grinnell, Miranda July, Claudia Rankine Paula Vogel, and Sarah Ruhl and others will be discussed. Some sessions will be augmented by creative writing exercises, essays, films, and other materials as necessary. 

dr Monika Kocot, Revolutionary Minds (from William Blake to Jim Morrison)
The course will look at selected British and American literary texts (both poetry and prose) to explore various aspects of revolution and (playful) subversion in culture. The emphasis will be placed on identifying intriguing inspirations and traces of influence between authors and traditions of (sometimes) distant periods in literary history (William Blake and Jim Morrison), as well as between representatives of literary canon and pop culture. We will be reading and discussing texts by the revolutionary Romantics (William Blake, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau) who exerted huge influence on the counterculture of the 1960s (Jim Morrison, John Lennon, George Harrison, Bob Dylan), and still influence those who promote geopoetic revolution (Kenneth White, Gary Snyder).

dr Shauna O’Brien, Documentary Theatre in Britain
Documentary Theatre is a genre of theatre that uses sources found outside a theatrical context (such as interviews, reports, or journals) as the raw material for a dramatic performance. In Britain, theatremakers have used the form to address some of the most divisive social and political issues in recent decades. Institutional racism in the police, the invasion of Iraq, serial killings, and terrorism have all been addressed by theatremakers using this documentary approach. At the same time, the use of documentary techniques can afford a degree of anonymity that can be used by playwrights to present more personal testimony on the stage. This course will explore a variety of these British documentary plays, from verbatim musicals to works that criticise and seek to

deconstruct the documentary form. Students will examine how documentary materials are collected, edited and staged by theatremakers, and interrogate the ethics of these different approaches. Works that will be discussed include Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s London Road, David Hare’s The Permanent Way, Richard Norton-Taylor’s The Colour of Justice, and Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care of Baby among others. The course will be examined by assignments and a quiz at the end of the semester.

dr hab. Martin Hinton, Fundamental Questions of Language
On this course, you will be asked to consider the most fundamental questions concerning language and its use. The class will be discussion based, and each week we’ll try to answer such questions as: Where does language come from? Can we think without language? How does language refer to reality? How is language linked to thought? Does language have rules and how would we know? Although these questions are philosophical in nature, we’ll be addressing them as linguists and particularly interested in the way that they impact on the practice of linguistics.

dr Przemysław Ostalski, Linguistic puzzles in SYNTAX and MORPHOLOGY (and different ways to solve them)
The objective of the course is to give students an overview of the syntactic and morphological variation across different languages of the world. The course analyzes linguistic puzzles/problems and provides a unique educational activity that combines analytic reasoning and linguistic/cultural awareness. Students learn about the richness, diversity and systematicity of language, while exercising natural logic and reasoning skills. Additionally students discover ways in which speakers of different languages approach reality.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Krzysztof Kosecki, World Englishes
The course provides an overview of world Englishes. It introduces the concepts of standard English, dialect, sociolect, and slang, as well as presents the history of dispersals of the language into various parts of the world. The following varieties are discussed in more detail: English in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales; English in the USA and Canada; English in Australia and New Zealand; English in South Africa and South-East Asia; English-based pidgins and creoles; Estuary English; English and other European languages; English as a lingua franca.

 

Elective Courses D (Wednesdays 15:15)

dr Joanna Matyjaszczyk, Constructing the Other in English Literature
The course looks into how Otherness is constructed and deconstructed in various works of English literature, especially in medieval and early modern popular literature, but also in Victorian and post-modern fiction. We will discuss popular ballads and romances, short stories, tales, and fragments of plays and novels in order to investigate how different narrative and dramatic works structure their narrative voices, plots and characters around the figure of the Other, engaging in discourses of physical difference and monstrosity, ethnic and religious prejudice (including anti-clericalism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Judaism, Islamophobia), anti-feminism and witchcraft.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Kacper Bartczak, Nature in American Literature
This seminar class will focus on the presence of nature in American literature and thought. We will examine a variety of American literary texts, but also films and visual arts that thematize nature. Beginning in Romanticism, to naturalism, later to modernism and into the later 20th century – nature in its various guises and versions never ceased to fascinate the American mind. Do we belong to nature or are we alien within it? Are we able to create habitable environments in it? We will be looking at texts, but also films and visual arts materials that attend to those issues.

Selected texts:  H. D. Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods (fragments); Herman Melville, Moby Dick (fragments); Ernest Hemingway, “Big, Two-Hearted River”; Wallace Stevens “Sunday Morning”; Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire (fragments); Jean Baudrillard, America (fragments); Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian and The Road (fragments)

dr Marta Goszczyńska, Realism, Modernism and Postmodernism: Developments in 20th- and 21st-Century British Short Fiction
The course offers an overview of the three dominant twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary modes: realism, modernism and postmodernism. The aim will be to place these modes within larger historical, cultural and philosophical contexts, and to characterise their distinctive key features. Realism, modernism and postmodernism will be discussed on the basis of short stories by such writers as Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, David Lodge, Kazuo Ishiguro, Graham Swift, Michele Roberts and A.S. Byatt. The average reading load is around 10-20 pages per week.

dr Przemysław Ostalski, Linguistic puzzles in SEMANTICS and PHONOLOGY (and different ways to solve them)
The objective of the course is to give students an overview of the semantic and phonological variation across different languages of the world. The course analyzes linguistic puzzles/problems and provides a unique educational activity that combines analytic reasoning and linguistic/cultural awareness. Students learn about the richness, diversity and systematicity of language, while exercising natural logic and reasoning skills. Additionally students discover ways in which speakers of different languages approach reality.

dr Shauna O’Brien, Global Shakespeares: Adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays in different global contexts
Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into over 100 languages and been performed for a variety of audiences across the globe. This course will examine a selection of these global adaptations, from literary reinterpretations of the plays to film adaptations. Students will explore the various routes along which Shakespeare’s plays have travelled across the world and how these routes have been shaped by social, political, and cultural influences. This course will seek to shed light on the complex interplay of local and global factors that have helped Shakespeare become the global phenomenon he is today. In addition to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth, we will also look at a selection of stage and screen adaptations of these plays. Texts for this course include Sulayman Al-Bassam’s Al-Hamlet Summit, Tom Stoppard’s Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, and Paula Vogel’s Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief. The course will be assessed by assignments and a quiz at the end of the semester.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Kamila Ciepiela, Language in Use
This course is an introduction to how language is used in infinitely intriguing ways in different contexts, and how even a rigorous linguistic analysis of these areas can be fascinating.

While language is a particularly important part of communication, we accept that the context of language use (linguistic and non-linguistic) is crucial for understanding what meaning is being expressed. We adopt a functional approach to language and language analysis, an approach that starts with language in use rather than abstract theories. A function is a use to which something is put. Language is used for many purposes, which perhaps all have in common that meaning is conveyed. Therefore, the focus of the course is on how meaning is constructed and conveyed across contexts, and on what other goals interactants aim to accomplish in communication. In particular, the main topics of the course include: (i) Semiotic codes of communication (ii) Verbal and non-verbal communication, (iii) Spoken and written language, (iv) Talk in interaction, (v) Language variation across interactional contexts and cultures, (vi) Multilingualism, (vii) Language and identities.

Online registration for specialty streams:

Registration (via USOS) will commence on December 3 at 8pm and will close on December 5 at 11.59 pm.

Students choose one of three courses:

  • For the teaching specialty: „Diagnostyka edukacyjna”
  • For the translation specialty: “Teoria przekładu 1”
  • For the Culture, Media and Communication specialty: “Współczesna kultura i sztuka”

 

Please note that both the teaching specialty and the translation specialty require knowledge of Polish. If you do not know Polish, please register for the third option, as it is the only one available to you.

For information about what subjects are included within each specialty, please consult the full curriculum, which can be found here. For English translations of subject names, check this.

Please note also that is it possible to choose two specialties (provided you know Polish) and complete both in the course of your studies. Because this requires the student to earn extra ECTS points, the University of Lodz requires that the student pay 400 PLN (once only). To sign up for a second specialty stream, please write an email to dyrektor.ia@uni.lodz.pl when the USOS registration is open, after registering for the first one via USOS.

 

Online registration for MA Seminars

Students register for one MA seminar only (via USOS). The choice needs to be made between your three proseminar teachers from the winter semester (please do not choose a seminar other than one of those three). Registration will commence on December 10 at 8pm and will close on December 12 at 11.59 pm. If your teacher has already registered you manually for the course (there is that option, available until December 3 – ask your teacher for more information), you do not need to take part in the registration. Please note there are limits to the number of students in the groups.

The online registration for 3rd-year BA students for elective courses (‘zajęcia fakultatywne’) will commence on Friday, September 24, at 7.00 pm and will close on Sunday, September 26, at 11.59 pm. In order to register students access the following website: usosweb.uni.lodz.pl.

Each student chooses one course labelled A and one course labelled B (two courses altogether):

Zajęcia fakultatywne A
Zajęcia fakultatywne B

There are limits to the number of students in the groups. In the case of denied access to the group, please make an alternative choice. Please note than each group can be identified by the teacher’s name, with the exception of dr Shauna O’Brien’s groups (they are the ones without the teacher’s name). Course descriptions of available courses can be found below.

ELECTIVE COURSE A (Tuesdays 1.30 pm – 3 pm)

prof. dr hab. Andrzej Wicher, A Literary Tutorial in Anglophone Fantastic Literature
The tutorial is, generally speaking, focused on (mainly anglophone) fantastic literature (fantasy and science fiction) in its historical development, starting with the Gothic novel and ending with the late 20th c. fantasy literature. The planned semester papers should concern the above mentioned genres, including film adaptations. Longer texts will be discussed on the basis of selected excerpts.

dr hab. prof UŁ Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka, Speech acts and actions: What language is for
The course introduces a functional perspective on language in which acts of speech are seen as actions in the social world. We will shortly revise models of communication focused on functions of language (e.g. Aristotle, Jakobson, J.L. Austin’s speech act theory) and demonstrate though exercises how such models can be used in analysis of natural language (how people persuade and dissuade, make others believe or doubt things, how they compliment and intimidate). We will consider literal language and different types of suggested meanings (presupposed, implicated, etc. meanings).

dr Tomasz Fisiak, (Pop)Cultural Gothic
The aim of the class is to analyse selected aspects of Gothicism as a (pop)cultural phenomenon, with a particular focus on its impact on the widely understood visual and aural sphere (cinema, music/video). Students will be acquainted with the concepts of intertextuality, interpictoriality and transmediality, among others, to discuss a range of Gothic-inspired films and music videos. Assessment will be based upon two major tasks, i.e. a movie review and a presentation on a music video of one’s choice, as well as active participation in the discussions throughout the semester.

dr Małgorzata Hołda, The Phenomenon of Being-in-the-world in the Literary Works of British Modernism
The aim of this course is to reflect on how the most famous writers of British modernism explore the phenomenon of our being-in-the-world. The problematic under discussion will embrace such categories as beauty and truth, time, female/male dichotomy, authenticity, solitude, contemplative and calculative thinking. The reflection on the above-mentioned topics will be done from a phenomenological-hermeneutic perspective. Paying special attention to the intersections of literature, philosophy, and visual arts: painting and photography, the course program endeavors to sensitize students to liminal areas, points of indeterminacy, and that which is viewed as marginal.
The schedule will encompass the following, detailed topics: the relationship between beauty (kalon) and truth (aletheia), the coexistence and co-influence of the visual and the verbal arts, female artists and the disavowal of patriarchy (Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and the Bloomsbury group), the interconnections of literature and psychoanalysis (Virginia Woolf), creative competition and authenticity (Woolf and Katherine Mansfield), time, contemplative thinking, and the notion of epiphany in literature (James Joyce) and philosophy (St. Paul, Luther, Duns Scotus, Heidegger), existential void, loneliness, and confusion (the poetic narration of T. S. Eliot), and others. Since the course prompts the development of effective communication on a vast and diverse range of literary topics it will focus on tutor-to-student and student-to-student interaction with the use of British Library online readings and other resources as a creative stimulus. To receive a positive grade, students are obliged to actively participate in classes and to give a talk and/or write an essay on a topic selected from the list of proposals.

prof. dr hab. Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Language Contact in the British Isles
The aim of this course is twofold: first, it will discuss and analyse patterns of language contact in general, and in the British Isles in particular; second, the seminar will present selected items in the linguistic history of the British Isles. Language contact will be investigated within the historical and contemporary processes in the British Isles (concentrating especially on the Celtic languages and the Celtic Englishes).

The following issues will be discussed in more detail: understanding language contact; Celtic peoples, their history, culture, literatures and languages; history of Celtic languages; decline of the Celtic languages; informal introduction to Modern Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Welsh; language revival (especially the case of Cornish and Manx) and recent developments; sociolinguistic issues in the history of Celtic languages; problems of defining and delimiting language and dialect; Celtic influence on English vocabulary.
The course provides an opportunity for comparing and contrasting languages and linguistic structures (English/Irish within the Indo-European context). The course is accessible to students intending to specialise in language/linguistics and literature/culture.

dr Shauna O’Brien, Global Shakespeares: Adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays in different global contexts.
Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into over 100 languages and been performed for a variety of audiences across the globe. This course will examine a selection of these global adaptations, from literary reinterpretations of the plays to film adaptations. Students will explore the various routes along which Shakespeare’s plays have travelled across the world and how these routes have been shaped by social, political, and cultural influences. This course will seek to shed light on the complex interplay of local and global factors that have helped Shakespeare become the global phenomenon he is today. In addition to Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth, we will also look at a selection of stage and screen adaptations of these plays. Texts for this course include Sulayman Al-Bassam’s Al-Hamlet Summit, Tom Stoppard’s Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth, and Paula Vogel’s Desdemona, a play about a handkerchief. Students will be required to submit an essay at the end of the semester.


ELECTIVE COURSE B (Thursdays 10 am – 11.30 am)

dr hab. Małgorzata Myk, Highlights of 20th & 21st century North American experimental women’s writing.
The focus of this course is present-day avant-garde writing by North American female authors. We will be analyzing a selection of representative texts that challenge literary norms and genre conventions in ways that interrogate different aspects of culture and politics. We will also re-examine the concept of form as always inextricably related to writing’s content. Apart from reading literary texts, we will also look at relevant excerpts from influential critical and theoretical pieces that help to situate writers in contexts from which their works have been evolving. Our reflection on the texts will be also enhanced by visual resources that help to grasp these works’ material aspect.

dr Anna Wieczorek, Studying meaning and persuasion
The purpose of the course is to familiarise students with semantic, pragmatic, and cognitive studies of meaning and persuasion. In class, students will be involved in hands-on tasks in which they will rely on Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), an approach to studying language as a social and political tool. This course aims to acquaint students with current trends in semantic, pragmatic, and cognitive studies in language and the main trends in linguistic analysis of discourse.
The course will cover the following topics to investigate various persuasion strategies in discourse: semantics and semantic relations; pragmatics (speech acts, presupposition, implicature); cognitive linguistics (conceptual metaphor, conceptual mapping); Critical Discourse Analysis.

prof. dr hab. Wit Pietrzak, Monsters within, monsters without
Who doesn’t enjoy getting a glimpse into the workings of a terrifically twisted mind? The course will explore various portrayals of monstrosity, from a raging blood-thirsty vampire (NOT Twilight, because again @#$% Twilight), through a raging blood-thirsty sociopathic murderer, all the way to, you guessed it, a raging blood-thirsty physician. With scant attention to genres (there will be novels, both graphic and the old school, there will be poems, there will be films, there will be blood) or periods (though post-WWII is to be expected most of the time), we will investigate the trials of tribulations of all manner of lunatics on the rampage and sympathise with their helpless victims. And yet, despite the admittedly dreary climes that our sojourns will take us to, one can’t rule out a laugh or two.

dr hab. prof UŁ, Piotr Pęzik, Introduction to Corpus-based Authorship Attribution
This course is a gentle introduction to idiolect studies and corpus-drive authorship attribution. Idiolect can be defined as the language variety of an individual. Authorship attribution (AA) is “the process in which linguists set out to identify the author(s) of disputed, anonymous or questioned texts” (Coulthard et al. 2016). Authorship attribution and idiolect studies are an important aspect of forensic linguistics. As part of the course we will consider a number of qualitative, computational-quantitative AA methods and explore idiolect corpora in search of co-selection sets which can uniquely identify authors in online and casual communication.

dr Shauna O’Brien, Documentary Theatre in Britain
Documentary Theatre is a genre of theatre that uses sources found outside a theatrical context (such as interviews, reports, or journals) as the raw material for a dramatic performance. In Britain, theatremakers have used the form to address some of the most divisive social and political issues in recent decades. Institutional racism in the police, the invasion of Iraq, serial killings, and
terrorism have all been addressed by theatremakers using this documentary approach. At the same time, the use of documentary techniques can afford a degree of anonymity that can be used by playwrights to present more personal testimony on the stage. This course will explore a variety of these British documentary plays, from verbatim musicals to works that criticise and seek to deconstruct the documentary form. Students will examine how documentary materials are collected, edited and staged by theatremakers, and interrogate the ethics of these different approaches. Works that will be discussed include Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s London Road, David Hare’s The Permanent Way, Richard Taylor-Norton’s The Colour of Justice, and Dennis Kelly’s Taking
Care of Baby among others. The course will be examined by an essay at the end of the semester

The meeting is a part of a series of events organized by the Embassy of United States of America commemorating movements and people involved in fight for civil rights for American citizens. 

Q&A with Activist and LGBT Pioneer Mark Segal

WHEN: Friday November 20 at 18:00

WHERE: ZOOM (a link will be sent to you soon)

A live Q&A session in English on ZOOM, moderated by Dr. Tomasz Sikora, head of the Department of English Literatures at the Pedagogical University of Kraków, and Dr. Dominika Ferens, Professor of American literature and culture at the University of Wrocław. Both Dr. Sikora and Dr. Ferens are members of the editorial board of InterAlia, a journal of queer studies.

Registration required. To register please sign up at: https://bit.ly/2Im180B

Number of participants limited. Registered participants will receive a link to the event by email by 12:00 on November 20. If you have questions for Mark Segal, please include them on the registration form.

Please watch this short video about Mark Segal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCFwOJcMjM0  

You are also invited to watch a longer video about the legacy of Stonewall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRv7dJTync

 

Mark Segal

In his 51 years of activism: A participant at the Stonewall rebellion, a founding member of Gay Liberation Front and founder of Gay Youth, a member of The Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day committee which created the first Gay Pride in 1970.  He is best known for his campaign to end LGBT invisibility on TV News and Programming by disrupting live TV shows including The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and the Today Show with Barbara Walters.  40 years after interrupting the Today Show on NBC, he was asked to serve on the Joint Diversity Council of Comcast NBCUniversal to continue to educate the network on LGBT issues. 

He is the founder and publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News, which in 2018 was named one of the nation’s best weekly newspapers by the National Newspaper Association. He has served as President of both The National LGBT Press Association and The National Gay Newspaper Guild and in 2015 published his memoirs “And Then I Danced: traveling the road to LGBT equality”, which was named best book by The National LGBT Journalist Association. 

 

He partnered with the Obama administration to create and build the nation’s first official “LGBT Friendly” Senior Affordable housing apartment building.  The 19.8 million dollar project known as The John C. Anderson Apartments opened in 2013. 

 

Last year his personal papers and artifacts from the last 50 years were added to the collection of The Smithsonian Institute of American History in Washington DC.  

2nd year BA students.

In order to register, students will have to login to USOS system.
Students enrol to one BA seminar. Registration will commence on Monday 22nd June at 10pm and will close on Thursday 24th June at 11.59 pm.
Course descriptions of available courses can be found here.

There are limits in number of students in groups. In case of denied access to the group, please make alternative choice.

 

Dear Students,

some of you have recently asked your tutors about the possibility to use the Faculty library during the quarantine. The decision to open the library belongs to the Rector and the Dean, not to the authorities of the Institute of English. However, being aware that limited access to resources might pose a problem to some of you, we have decided to undertake some measures in this respect. We will start by asking you to participate in a short survey  which will help us assess the scale of the problem. Next steps will depend on the results of the survey. Please, remember that we cannot guarantee any effects of our actions, as the final decision depends on University authorities and has to take into account other factors.

Nonetheless, we would like you to take two minutes of your time and complete the following survey (active until 3 May):

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7xpEYw7al0O7fvnUcF6WO0jhi9vjWQFPnJNxZe1yJpJUQkxYMUdPVFZORjVUWUhMNkwzUlhSMFY1Ry4u

If you would like to seek assistance or advice concerning the process of studies in new circumstances, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We wish you good health, positive energy and endurance.

Łukasz Bogucki, Magdalena Cieślak, Tomasz Dobrogoszcz (Head and Deputies of Institute of English)

Regarding epidemic situation in Poland the authorities of the University of Lodz decided to suspend all classes until 14 April 2020. The UL Library and Sport Centre will also be closed.
Please find here the UL official statements on preventative measures taken to counter the spread of the virus.