The online registration for 3rd-year BA students for elective courses (‘zajęcia fakultatywne’) will commence on Monday, September 26, at 8.00 pm and will close on Wednesday, September 28, 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.
Course descriptions of available courses can be found below. The group with no teacher’s name in USOS is the one taught by Professor Molly Dugan.

Zajęcia fakultatywne A (wtorki 13:30)

Prof. A. 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 A. Rasmus, US-UK relationships from both sides of the Atlantic
This seminar will look at Anglo-American relationships as portrayed in film, television and other forms of media. We will start off by examining the British film industry’s close collaboration with Hollywood as one type of such close links. We will then examine the cycle of rom-coms featuring Anglo-American relationships from both sides of the Atlantic. National identities, stereotypes and landscapes will be examined together with a comedy genre formula that then crosses over to other media formats, from cinema to television (e.g. Catastrophe TV series) and from rom-com to drama (e.g. Like Crazy). We will talk about ‘the special relationship’ between the US and UK in terms of transatlantic collaboration, global economy, and political and other unions, such as the more recent Harry/Meghan liaison. The assessment will be project-based.

Dr hab. prof. UŁ A. Cichosz, Eald Englisc for beginners
This course of Old English as a foreign language will cover all the basics of the Old English language, giving students access to simple texts written in this language, and some more advanced literature (with the help of glossaries and dictionaries). You can expect language and translation exercises just like during a regular course of a foreign language, on the basis of online and printed materials, accompanied by presentations on selected aspects of the Anglo-Saxon culture and everyday life.

Dr hab. M. Hołda, The Power of a Story: A Phenomenological-hermeneutic Reading of British Modern and Postmodern Short Fiction
The aim of this course is to explore the phenomenon of storytelling as exemplified by British modern and postmodern short stories.
Students are encouraged to investigate literary evocations of topics that pertain to human existence, such as beauty and truth, temporality, female/male dichotomy, sexuality, innocence versus experience, authenticity, solitude and confusion, familiarity and strangeness, conflict and war, contemplative and calculative thinking, and others. The literary representations of our human condition (conditio humana) will be examined from a phenomenological-hermeneutic standpoint.
The course objective is to teach students a critical engagement with literary texts and the ways in which, through imagery and symbolism, they embody the phenomenon of our being-in-the-world. We will focus on a panoply of great modernist writers: Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, as well as a selection of postmodern novelists: Kazuo Ishiguro, Rose Tremain, Graham Swift, Doris Lessing, Graham Greene, and Iris Murdoch. An analysis of short stories by those authors will be done with the help of close reading as a basic tool.
Paying special attention to the distinctive characteristics of modern and postmodern fiction, the course program endeavors to sensitize students to the issues of liminality, the hermeneutics of continuity versus the hermeneutics of rupture, as well as the notion of tradition understood as passing on (Überlieferung) rather than preserving (elaborated by Hans-Georg Gadamer) in relation to literary texts.

 

Zajęcia fakultatywne B (czwartki 10:00)

prof. dr hab. W. 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 and 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 T. Dobrogoszcz, Postmodernism in Contemporary Anglophone Fiction and Film
T
he 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, D. Barthelme) and films (by D. Lynch, R. Scott, S. Kubrick). We will critically approach the contemporary notions of language and identity, examining such concepts as irony, metafiction, intertextuality and hyperreality.

prof. M. Dugan, American Media
Much of what we know comes to us from the media rather than direct experience. Therefore, our values, beliefs and culture can be ascribed, in part, to our media consumption. This course is designed to develop your understanding of American media and provide context for further studies in American culture. You will also have the opportunity to assess your own media use; one of the goals is to think critically about what you consume.

You will learn about several forms of American media, including news, entertainment, interactive/social media and advertising, and we will discuss American media laws and ethics. You will learn how American media operate and what influences media messages. We will explore how that affects the experience of consumers and contributes to social problems.
This course is a survey of media forms. It is a like a bus tour of Paris. You get the basic idea of the city’s landscape, but you don’t spend much time in any one neighborhood.

Dr hab. prof. UŁ I. Witczak-Plisiecka