Let’s put it boldly: the Department of British Literature and Culture is the cradle of English studies. Our staff is made up of an extraordinary team of top specialists in three important fields. Contemporary literature, especially poetry and prose, is our main specialization, though studies in the novels of earlier periods also have a long tradition. For many years we have been conducting research on postcolonial and Irish studies; feminist and gender issues and literary theory are also an important field of academic pursuit.
Culture Studies, especially studies of popular culture, film and the arts, is another important and rapidly developing specialization, and immensely popular with the students.
Last but not least comes literary translation. It is important to stress here that many members of our department are not only outstanding lecturers, popular with students, but also experienced translators of important pieces of poetry and prose, and of academic texts written in English.
The academic research of our staff has resulted in numerous publications, in invitations to conduct courses and lectures at many universities, but also to participate in conferences in Poland and abroad.
International academic conferences organized by our department have a fine pedigree. First of all, in cooperation with the British Council, conferences devoted to contemporary British and Irish poetry have taken place since 1988. They have been attended by the most prominent contemporary poets, such as Michael Longley, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Craig Raine, Douglas Dunn, Michael Hofmann, Simon Armitage. Our department has also organized conferences devoted to Indian literature and culture, the presence of British literature in Poland, the literary oeuvre of the Canadian writer Jane Urquhart, the cultural phenomenon of the Beatles, the problems of camp and kitsch in contemporary culture, and, last but not least, together with the Department of American Literature and Culture, Gothicism in literature and the media, All that Gothic. With our students and younger academic colleagues in mind we have organized literary and translation conferences for undergraduate and postgraduate students.