The authorities of the Institute of English Studies have released a statement regarding final exams in summer semester 2020/2021.

The online registration for 2nd year BA students for BA seminars that was to begin on 10 May has been cancelled due to technical problems.

The registration will commence on May 13 at 20:00 and finish on May 16 at 23:59.

Course descriptions of available courses can be found below:

 

Prof. dr hab. Piotr Cap, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

This BA seminar will describe the current state of research in the field of linguistic pragmatics seen in the broad sense of a functional (i.e. cognitive, social and cultural) perspective on language and communication. A wide variety of topics will be discussed and students will acquire both theoretical and practical expertise within the following areas:

  • application of linguistic pragmatics in the analysis of real-life discourse (language of politics and the media; advertising; social communication; misunderstandings; humor, etc.);
  • pragmatic explorations of urgent social issues: health (including discourse of the COVID-19 pandemic), climate change, ecology;
  • status of pragmatics in relation to such disciplines as sociolinguistics, political science anthropology, social psychology, experimental psychology, neurolinguistics, cognitivism and culture studies;
  • methodology of pragmatic investigation and tools of analysis (deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts, politeness, relevance).

 

dr hab. Mikołaj Deckert, prof. UŁ, Audiovisual Translation

The BA seminar covers the basic theoretical and practical notions of Audiovisual Translation, or Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility. Students will get to know different research methods and tools that can be productively used in their BA projects. An important objective is to make participants aware of the idiosyncrasies of particular AVT modes, and enable participants to identify factors that influence the translator’s decisions, for instance in the context of translation quality assessment.

The seminar will also focus on the very process of planning, structuring and writing the BA thesis – discussing issues like data types, data selection and collection, hypothesis formulation, referencing, register, and text editing.

 

Dr hab. Tomasz Dobrogoszcz, prof. UŁ, Constructed worlds/simulated realities

According to the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard, the author of the theory of the simulacra, we all constantly live in a virtual reality. Our experience of the world is necessarily mediated and indirect, it is an illusion which we accept as truth, for lack of better options. What is more, we often lose the ability to distinguish between the real and the representation, or we even consider a copy as “more real” than the reality. The issue of simulated reality features in philosophical disputes on the nature of existence, it resonates in aesthetic discussions on metafictionality in postmodernist literary representations of the world, and it also appears in technological discourses concerning computer-augmented human experience. The seminar will investigate selected contemporary novels and films (e.g., K. Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, J. Fowles’s The Magus, J. Winterson’s The Stone Gods, K. Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions, The Matrix, Black Mirror), tracing in them various dimensions of simulation: phantasmagoric, dystopian, metafictional, philosophical and ethical.

 

dr Justyna Fruzińska, America in the 19th Century

The seminar will be devoted to discussing different aspects of American culture in the 19th century: literature, painting, religion, philosophy, history, popular culture. It will combine discussion of literary and critical sources with watching and analyzing documentary films on various issues connected to 19th-century America.

  • We will read works by Romantic as well as realist writers (e.g. Emerson, Hawthorne, Brockden Brown, Beecher Stowe, Twain, Henry James);
  • we will see paintings by artists from Thomas Cole to John Singer Sargent;
  • we will try to understand new religious movements such as Mormons or Christian Science;
  • we will discuss major historical events of the 19th century: the war of 1812, slavery and abolitionism, the war with Mexico, the gold rush, the industrial revolution, Civil War and reconstruction of the South;
  • we will learn about dime novels, minstrel shows, and American folk heroes such as Buffalo Bill

Although the seminar will focus on the 19th century, I invite all students interested in the US; the range of possible BA topics accepted is far wider than the scope of the seminar, and theses dealing with any issues connected to American literature or popular culture are welcome.

 

dr Agnieszka Rasmus, British Cinema: Landscapes, Themes, Characters

Our seminar will focus on discussing examples of iconic British films from the 1960s to the present. We will discover different landscapes, from the cityscape of London to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, and look at the way they shape and define our protagonists. We will mingle with aristocrats and the underclass, and accompany them on their journey of self-discovery in heart-warming comedies and gut-wrenching horrors.

If you wish to explore British film, its characters, themes and landscapes, then this seminar is for you.

 

dr Justyna Stępień, Cyborgs, Hybrids and Posthuman Bodies in the Anthropocene

This interdisciplinary seminar traces the ways in which our bodies might be better described as cyborgs, hybrids or the ‘posthuman.’ While examining our engagements with technology, biotechnology and our embodied relations to nonhuman animals and the material planet, the course addresses the notion of the posthuman which, in the contemporary debate, has become a key tool to the understanding the current conditions of the Anthropocene. Drawing on research and concepts from technology studies, feminist and queer theory, environmental and animal studies, we will work through specific examples – relating to reproductive technologies, pharmaceuticals, self-tracking, and animals in space amongst others – to think about who and what we are today. Along with short theoretical and literary essays, we will discuss films, visual art, Tv-series, videos, fashion and games.

 

dr Monika Kocot, Landscapes and Mindscapes in Contemporary Anglophone Literature

The seminar is addressed to all students interested in (cross-cultural) artistic practices which seek to question established cultural narratives concerning identity (of the text), nature, and religion.

The texts we’re going to discuss will foreground the issues of cognition, identity building, and narrative strategies that help us understand the real (and imagined) world(s). We will focus on three major genres/thematic categories:

  • experimental literature (mind-bending texts from the second avant-garde to the present)
  • nature writing (e.g. radical geopoetic approaches; deep time narratives; Zen-inspired literature; indigenous perspectives)
  • travel writing (nomadic subjects; deep time travel narratives)

Comparative approaches (British-Canadian, British-American literature, and intermediality) will be encouraged.

 

dr hab. Przemysław Krakowian, prof. UŁ, Topics in English Language Teaching

This BA diploma 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. While the instructor’s principal fields of activity are within the role of popular technology and media in language learning, new technologies in skill development and language assessment, students are welcome to pursue issues relevant to their personal interests within the scope EFL. In terms of their research projects, the students will be provided, where possible, with access to data-sets and relevant research methodology and research support will be provided to those pursuing their own projects.

 

dr Łukasz Salski, Foreign Language Education and Written Communication

This class is intended for anyone interested in language teaching and learning. While most of the input will revolve around theoretical and practical aspects of teaching writing in English as a foreign language, students will be encouraged to pursue their specific interests in the broad field of teaching and learning foreign/second language. Ultimately, the BA diploma project topics may vary from teaching different language skills or subsystems to individual language learner differences or assessment, and from analysis of language teaching techniques or materials to investigation of learning strategies or bilingualism.

 

dr hab. Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka, prof. UŁ / dr Anna Gralińska-Brawata, Analysing how people do things with words and the variability in English (different varieties)

The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with a variety of factors influencing the use of English and ways of investigating the functions of language and variability in speech from the sociolinguistic point of view focusing on the interaction between form and function. The seminar aims at inspiring and preparing students for conducting a research project as part of their B.A. thesis.
Course content: The course will focus on important issues concerning various sources of variability in language use including a range of sociolinguistic variables (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, social status, identity, speaking styles) and language (including its phonetic features, e.g. dialect and accent differences) in different contexts of use (e.g. professional or private interaction, advertising, mediated contexts, language of the classroom). These will be based on close analyses of selected audio-visual materials or texts.

dr Aleksandra Majdzińska-Koczorowicz, Issues in linguistic analysis

In this seminar students will have the opportunity to investigate the language of newspapers, advertising, and politics in order to be able to specify their area of linguistic interest. It aims at offering an insight into various concepts concerning both written discourse and visual aspects, such as distribution of information, ‘figuarative language’ (metaphor, metonymy, personification, etc.), framing, distribution of attention (e.g. figure and ground distinction), etc. A focus will also be placed on persuasive language, including presenting arguments, techniques of manipulation/propaganda, personalising strategies, etc.

In this seminar students will have the opportunity to investigate the language of newspapers, advertising, and politics in order to be able to specify their area of linguistic interest. It aims at offering an insight into various concepts concerning written discourse, such as distribution of information, ‘figuarative language’ (metaphor, metonymy, personification, etc.), framing, distribution of attention (e.g. figure and ground distinction). A focus will also be placed on persuasive language, including presenting arguments, techniques of manipulation/propaganda, personalising strategies, etc.

 

Registration will commence on April 19 at 8pm and will close on April 21 at 11.59 pm.

Students choose one of three courses:

– For the teaching specialty: „Podstawy psychologii dla nauczycieli”

– For the translation specialty: “Teoria przekładu 1”

– For the second language specialty: “PNJN, PNJF, PNJW, PNJH”

For more information about the teaching specialty, please contact dr Weronika Szubko-Sitarek.

For more information about the translation specialty, please contact dr Paulina Pietrzak. Please note that you must have a native or near-native command of Polish in order to successfully take part in the classes of the translation specialty.

If you select the second language specialty, make sure you choose the second language that you chose in the first year (changing the language is not possible).

Please note also that is it possible to choose two specialties 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 register for two specialties, please register for one electronically, and write an email to dyrektor.ia@uni.lodz.pl informing the heads of the Institute about your wish to sign up for the other one (please send your email no later than April 22).

ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME 2021/2022 FOR FULL-TIME INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The enrollment process for Erasmus+ student exchange in 2021/2022 starts on Monday, 15th February 2021 at 12:00 and ends on Wednesday, 10th March 2021 at 12:00.

If you want to learn more about practicalities of the application process and the exchange itself please join the meeting organized by International Relations Office on Thursday, 18th February 2021 at  1-3 pm  at this link: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Faculty Coordinator: dr Monika Kopytowska monika.kopytowska@uni.lodz.pl

Department of English Studies in Drama, Theatre and Film is proud to announce an international conference “Conflicted and divided – representations of crises in theatre, film and media”, which will be held on 26-27 November 2021. For more details and Call for Papers follow this link.

The online registration for 2nd year BA students for Elective Courses will commence on Tuesday 16th February at 8.00 pm and will close on Thursday 18th February at 11.59 pm. In order to register students access the following website: usosweb.uni.lodz.pl.

Each student chooses one of six courses in 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.

Group A (Wed 10:00):

dr hab. prof UŁ Tomasz Dobrogoszcz, Postmodernism in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction and Film
The goal of the course is to provide students with a general understanding of the main tenets of postmodernism and demonstrate typical examples of contemporary postmodern fiction and film. After a brief theoretical introduction to basic philosophical and aesthetic assumptions of postmodernism, we will discuss the reading materials (short stories and fragments of novels by A. Carter, J. Barnes, P. Carey, J. Fowles, S. Rushdie, etc.) and films (by D. Lynch, P. Greenaway, S. Kubrick, etc.). We will critically approach the contemporary notions of language and identity, examining such concepts as irony, metafiction, intertextuality and hyperreality.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Przemysław Krakowian, Practical and Technical Issues in ELT
While learner interest and involvement are crucial to achieving success in ELF/ESL, schools are having a hard time competing with the appeals of what life has to offer outside school. This course looks at some persistent issues in ELT and offers practical and technical solutions to improve the attractiveness and appeal of classroom learning. Selected topics include the following: Kahoot, Socrative and visualization technology, Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services, Tik-Tok, podcasts and vlogs, authentic materials, WebQuests, language games, role-playing and simulations.

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 hab. prof. UŁ Krzysztof Kosecki, Translation,
The course focuses on basic concepts and strategies of translation from English into Polish and Polish into English. Issues such as the role of context in translation, equivalence on and above the word level., translation of idioms, culture in translation, pragmatics in translation, and cognitive and communicative aspects of translation will be discussed on the basis of short texts and individually assigned tasks.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Janusz Badio, Exploring Spoken English
The 30 h course looks at different aspects of spoken English. Students will listen to, read and analyse real-life data (McCarthy and Carter 1996) of stories, language in action, debates and other forms. They will learn about speech planning, production, comprehension, units of spoken English, ready made plans of scripts or schemas, monologues and conversations. The seminar class will encourage students to take part in discussions and to critically evaluate the sources they will read.

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.

Group B (Wed 11:45):

dr Agnieszka Rasmus, Understanding British Cinema: from Heritage to Brit-grit
Most students of English Studies are familiar with such acclaimed British films as Four Weddings and A Funeral, The King’s Speech, James Bond or the Harry Potter seriesBritish cinema is thus often associated with costume dramas, iconic historical figures, great literature, stylishness, dead-pan humour and romance. However, there is more to British film than meets the eye and the aim of this course is to familiarise you with lesser known titles, movements and trends that over the years have shaped British film into its present globally recognised form. 

dr Justyna Fruzińska, The American Short Story,
The course „The American Short Story” will be devoted to a discussion of American short stories from the 19th and 20th centuries. The course is designed to complete the students’ previous knowledge of American literary history, showing the development of American literature exemplified by the short story – a genre both easy and demanding, revealing major changes in American culture and ideas.

dr hab. Małgorzata Myk, Awww!—Cuteness, Popular Culture, Aesthetics and Power in 21st-century American Literature
The course is devoted to the ways in which certain literary works radically complicate our supposedly casual encounters with different aspects of popular culture. Formally innovative writings of this kind have been produced by, among others, authors associated with the New Sincerity (e.g. Miranda July, Rupi Kaur, Patricia Lockwood, Anne Boyer), the New Weird, or Flarf poetry. All these writers have been preoccupied with the impact of pop culture on our everyday experience, but their texts do much more than just include trivia or glorify banality. Instead, they engage us in the process of coming to terms with our own responses to the pervasiveness of popular culture. Seeing its impact through the lens of these authors’ works, we can begin to talk about the domain of aesthetics, discuss the category of aesthetic taste, and evaluate our responses to art and literature produced in different cultural contexts. Whereas, as cultural critic and literary theorist Sianne Ngai has shown in her theoretical reflection, our responses to pop matters tend to stop at such emotionally charged judgements as “cute!”, “crazy!”, or “interesting!”, these words’ careful analysis in fact reveals a lot about the entanglement of aesthetics and ideology.

dr. hab. prof. UŁ Krzysztof. Kosecki, World Englishes,
The course introduces the concepts of standard English, dialect, sociolect, and slang. It discusses varieties of English spoken around the world (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), focusing on their historical development, as well as selected phonological, lexical, syntactic, and semantic properties. 

dr hab. prof. UŁ Janusz Badio, From text to discourse (not only for language teachers)
The course invites its participants to study forms, functions, contexts or topics (the list is not exhaustive) 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. The course participants will be encouraged to take part in group and pairwork. Critical evaluation of the texts will be promoted as well as focus on the use of English.

dr hab. prof. UŁ Przemysław Krakowian, Selected issues in EFL/ESL
In a similar, though somewhat more serious vein, this course is meant 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 special 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 computerized/electronic portfolia in skill development and language assessment.

Group C (Wed 15:15):

prof. dr hab. Andrzej Wicher, Medieval and Early Modern English Literature Combined with Modern Fantasy
The course is based on the assumption that modern fantastic literature would have looked very different, or even would not have been there at all, if it were not for the inspiration derived, either directly or indirectly, from various works of Medieval and Renaissance literature. To give just two, rather obvious, examples. Is J.R.R.Tolkien’s dragon Smaug conceivable without the dragon that kills the heroic protagonist of the Old English poem Beowulf? And isn’t it rather natural to suspect that J.K.Rowling’s notorious and shape-shifting villain Voldemort owes something to John Milton’s equally shape-shifting Satan, both having a pronounced obsession with snakes? There are certainly also many other, sometimes less obvious, but perhaps no less interesting, analogies between the old and modern realms of fantasy. And we should not lose sight of the fact that by means of fantasy some very real and even burning issues are often raised and communicated.

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.

J. Kruczkowska, Northern Ireland in Cinema,
The course will focus on modern Irish cinema and films concerning the situation in Northern Ireland. It will involve the work of the most renowned directors in the field, such as Jim Sheridan, Neil Jordan, Alan Parker and Paul Greengrass. The themes relate to history and politics (with the emphasis on the Northern Irish conflict), social issues (emigration and immigration), etc. We will look at different perspectives on the events in Northern Ireland, discuss critical texts, film technique, write film reviews.

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 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

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 other selected 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 morphological analysis.

dr hab. prof. UL, Wit Pietrzak, Let’s go laughing to the tomb: British literature and the comic tradition
Although it is a truth universally acknowledged that every Brit is a pompous fart, regardless of the sex, you’d be surprised how many writers have realised this sad fact before. Realised and unleashed the razor of critique on the unsuspecting society. The course will therefore cast an enlightened look upon a vast array of utter retards brought to life in modern British prose and poetry: we will critically evaluate stupidity, vindictiveness, ruthlessness and untoward proclivities. As another year is being called off, we will take a jolly walk on the lighter side. Be advised, though, that the course contains content so explicit it might make a dog blush. Some regular suspects will include Edward Lear, W. H. Auden and Evelyn Waugh; some less regular ones will comprise Martin Amis (because @#$% Kingsley), Howard Jacobson and Paul Muldoon.

Group D (Tues 15:15):

dr Katarzyna Ojrzyńska, Reinterpreting Disability: An Introduction to Cultural Disability Studies 
The course offers an introduction to cultural disability studies, an area of scholarship that has recently emerged in the humanities. We will investigate the changing perceptions of and attitudes to disability, various cultural representations of disability, as well as the subversive and transgressive potential of contemporary “crip culture”. In particular, the course will provide insights into: 

  • the historical development of various models of disability; 
  • selected problems related to the politics of disability representation (narrative prosthesis, inspirational porn, cripping-up);  
  • representations of disabled and atypical bodies in literature (B. Friel’s Molly Sweeney), film (D. Lynch’s The Elephant Man, S. Shainberg’s Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus), arts (classical portraiture, monuments, etc.); 
  • disability life writing (excerpts from books by Kenny Fries and Nancy Mairs); 
  • crip fashion and designer prosthetics.

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 hab. prof. UŁ Zbigniew Maszewski, The Gothic, The Irrational, The Bizarre,
The supernatural and the gothic have long exercised a powerful hold on the imagination of American writers; events which frustrate the demand for logical explanation have had a continuous presence in the creation of American literary tradition. The monstrous, the irrational, the shadowy, the unexpected and unexpressed, the bizarre and the unsettling touch sensitive places in the American psyche and American culture, and often remain related to issues of otherness, estrangement, marginalization, oppression, gender, sexuality and race. The seminar will focus on the elements evoking emotions of fear and anxiety in the texts of American 19th, 20th and 21st centuries from the perspective of contemporary critical theories. Among the writers whose works will be discussed are: E.A. Poe, Bierce, Lovecraft, Anaya, Robinson, King.

dr 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 hab. prof. UŁ, Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka, Speech acts and actions – how people do things with words
Students participating in the course explore the actional dimension of language. We will look at speech acts in a micro-linguistic perspective, i.e. how particular utterances are interpreted in terms of their social function (e.g. in conversation, in wider public sphere, in the classroom) in particular contexts and how in a macro-scale our identities and actions are shaped by linguistic messages in a broader social semiotic context (whether positive or negative: e.g. hate speech, slogans, billboards).

dr hab. Magdalena Cieślak, Playing Detective – Tracing Literary Sources in Contemporary Literature and Film
The course will look at a range of contemporary texts and films that draw inspiration from well-known and often canonical works of literature. Sometimes the inspirations are obvious, sometimes they’re quite obscure. Some “adaptations” take their sources seriously, others play with them, parody them, or simply take them to a very different dimension. The objective of the course will be to play detective, that is to trace the inspirations underlying the discussed texts and films and, more importantly, to figure out the logic behind those adaptation attempts. Ultimately, we’ll be trying to see what mysteries contemporary writers and and unveil when reaching out to older literary texts.
Check out the list below and see if you recognize the texts behind. The list is only a suggestion. I hope to set up a final reading/watching list with the group to best meet your interests.
John Gardner, Grendel (yes, some titles are a little too revealing): Philip Osment, This Island’s Mine (but not all of them); Caryl Churchill, Top Girls; Neil Gaiman, The Sandman; She’s the Man, dir. Andy Fickman (2006); Ten Things I Hate About You, dir. Gil Junger (1999); The King, dir. David Michod (2019); Warm Bodies, dir. Jonathan Levin (2013); And possibly a lot more…

 

We regret to announce that Prof. Dorota Filipczak passed away on 1st January 2021. She was recognised for her work on Canadian literature, postcolonial literature, and philosophy of religion. She was Head of Department of Canadian, Intermedial and Postcolonial Studies. She also was editor-in-chief of Text Matters: A Journal of Literature, Theory and Culture. She has published seven volumes of poetry.

The funeral ceremony will take place on Monday 18th of January at 11.45 am, at St. Vincent Roman-Catholic Cementary in Łódź, Smutna Str.

 

Online registration for MA Seminars

Students register for one MA seminar only. 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 January 12 at 8pm and will close on January 14 at 11.59 pm. If your teacher has already registered you manually for the course (there is that option, available until December 17 – 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.

Online registration for specialty streams:

Registration will commence on January 14 at 8pm and will close on January 17 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 register for two specialties, please register for one electronically, and write an email to dyrektor.ia@uni.lodz.pl informing the heads of the Institute about your wish to sign up for the other one (please send your email no later than January 18).

Bridges Between Reality and Fiction
in 20th- and 21st-Century Literature

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. C.S. Lewis
The 3rd NEWstories Conference – organised by PhD students from the Institute of English Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland) – will be held online on 6 March 2021. The aim of the conference is to bring together both undergraduate and postgraduate literary scholars so that they can share their academic interests and the results of their research. The conference provides also an interdisciplinary platform for those interested in analysing works of literature in terms of politics, sociology, history, philosophy and psychology. Participants are invited to present papers on examples of and approaches to bridges between fiction and reality depicted in 20th- and 21st-century literature.
Having debated on crisis during the 1st NEWstories conference and on hope during the 2nd NEWstories conference, we would like to address the topic of confronting the gap between fiction and reality in 20th- and 21st-century literature. As stated in the quotation by C.S. Lewis, literature does not merely reflect reality but “enriches” it as well as bridges fictional worlds with reality. Hence, we would like to see what literature adds to reality in order to enrich it, what kind of bridges between reality and fiction can be constructed, and for what reasons. The scope of interest of our conference ranges from modern
literature, which tends to, in Dominic Head’s words, “strike the desired balance between imagination and reality”, to postmodern fiction that queries, as Linda Hutcheon claims, “the relation of both history to reality and reality to language”. We welcome proposals examining interactions between the world known epistemologically and the worlds created in literature as well as presentations looking at creative articulations of real-life experiences and the process of translating experience into words. We are likewise interested in complications and difficulties on the way of communicating all the above as well as advantages stemming from the opportunity to bridge reality and imagination. In our current pandemic situation, it may also be beneficial to discuss the possibility of escaping from the problematic situation into the realms of creative writing.
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations in English by PhD, MA and BA students. Original literary works analysed in the presentations could be written in any language. Please send abstracts (250-300 words) and brief biographical notes by 17 January 2021 to newstories.conference.uj@gmail.com

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following themes:

● reality and fiction (stylistic approach)
● reality and fiction (narrative approach)
● historical reality
● wartime reality
● alternative reality
● virtual reality
● objective/subjective reality
● distorted reality
● perception of reality
● sense of reality
● fictional representations of real events
● fictionality as a distinctive property of literary texts

There is no conference fee. The conference will be held exclusively online on Microsoft Teams. Technical details will be sent to the participants before the event.

Organisers:
Katarzyna Biela (Jagiellonian University)
Alicja Lasak (Jagiellonian University)