Oferta konwersatoriów i przedmiotów orientujących zima 2015/2016


Uwaga! W semestrze zimowym roku akademickiego 2015/16 studenci II roku studiów stacjonarnych I stopnia, specjalność: anglistyczna, w rejestracji elektronicznej wybierają następujące przedmioty:

- konwersatorium językoznawcze (30 godz.)
- konwersatorium literaturoznawcze amerykańskie (30 godz.)
- konwersatorium literaturoznawcze brytyjskie (30 godz.)

- przedmiot orientujący A (30 godz.)
- przedmiot orientujący B (30 godz.)

Zapisy na zajęcia konwersatorium literaturoznawcze, konwersatorium językoznawcze oraz przedmiot orientujący odbędą się od 21.09.2015 od godz. 21.00 do 25.09.2015 do godz. 23.59.

Prosimy zapoznać się z krótkimi opisami ww. kursów:

Konwersatoria językoznawcze:

1. Prof. P. Cap, Pragmatics of public space discourse
The course gives an overview of broadly conceived public discourse, including the discourse of state politics as well as a number of other political, business and media discourses. Course content: a) Linguistic-pragmatic features of political/public and business discourse; main theories: conversational implicature, cognitive dissonance, consistency in belief. Basic terms in business negotiations and correspondence.b) Main strategies of political and business communication; main persuasion and manipulation patterns and their cross-cultural variations. c) Individual strategies: use of weasel words, unfinished comparisons, scalar expressions. Complimenting the consumer, claiming common ground, using pseudo-scientific jargon for rhetorical effects.

2. Dr I. Witczak-Plisiecka, Language in action – discourse analysis in theory and practice
The aim of the course is to familiarize the students with contemporary linguistics theories which perceive use of language in terms of action. Speech actions may pertain to various spheres of professional and private contexts, e.g. the language of persuasion, mediation and manipulation or construction of identity in real life as well as in literature, film, media, etc. The chosen topics integrate the fields of sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, philosophy and semantics. Semantics, the study of meaning, constitutes the central point of interest and is approached in a cognitive perspective, i.e. it is understood that language as a system is naturally non-autonomous. Dynamic and based on usage and experience; linguistic categories are scalar in nature and based on prototypes. Next to giving insights into the theories of linguistic action, the course is also meant to inspire the students and enable them to use linguistics methodologies in their future research projects.

Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze amerykańskie:

1. Dr K. Bartczak, Minimalist styles and aesthetics in 20th and 21st century American Literature
Why do some literary texts seem to try an say “less” rather than “more”? Why do others seem deliberately flat and deprived of rhetorical effect? From modernism, early and late, up till the present moment, this seminar investigates the genesis, origin, significance and evolution of minimalist styles and the minimalist writing aesthetics in 20th century American literature, both prose and poetry. The course will examine varieties of minimalisms and minimalistic aesthetics in literature, visual arts, and in film. We will explore the meaning, significance, and reverberations of the term “minimalism” in the aesthetics of different literary movements and phenomena of the 20th and 21st centuries: from modernist economy of language to the contemporary phenomena sometimes described as the “waning of affect” or the “return of the Real”. Some literary material will be highlighted and discussed through the comparative intertext of minimalist styles found in 20th century American visual arts. Finally, the discussion of some literary material will be supported and enhanced by putting it in the context of film adaptations.

2. Dr G. Kość, American Literature after 1918
Though the title of the course suggests it will cover comprehensively the writings of 45 years, in fact the course will be concerned primarily with American literature written between the two world wars. It is structured around certain topics, like the “loss of religious meaning,” or “psychology.” The course covers the rise of Modernism in prose, poetry and drama, essays, autobiography. We will read/discuss texts coming from a variety of movements/groups, ranging from the Harlem Renaissance, through American expatriate literature to Modernist poetry, with references to music and the fine arts, as well as other cultural developments of the time.

3. Prof. Z. Maszewski, The Supernatural in American Literature
The course will concentrate on selected texts by American 19th and 20th century writers in which the supernatural element plays a significant role. What defies logic, what cannot be rationally accounted for, what lies beyond the sphere of comprehension has long fascinated American authors despite the realistic tradition American literature is often associated with. Among the writers whose works will be discussed are: Poe, Hawthorne, Twain, Bierce, Lovecraft, Robinson, Anaya, Castillo, King. Some cinematic versions of the literary texts will also be presented.

Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze brytyjskie:

1. Dr K. Ojrzyńska, Drama and Controversy
The course covers a wide variety of texts ranging from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus to Sarah Kane’s Blasted, all of which have been a source of controversy and heated debates, and have left a lasting mark in the history of British and Irish theatre. The plays to be discussed tackle several different topics, such as: religious dogma, colonialism, prostitution, sexuality, violence, and immigration. The course is designed to help students develop their skills in the field of dramatic analysis, approached from both theatrical and literary perspectives. Analyzing the ideas conveyed in the selected plays from different theoretical, cultural, and artistic perspectives, students will learn to recognize how dramatic texts often convey a variety of meanings and provoke different interpretations. They will also learn to develop their own, informed opinions, and to express them in an academic way.

2. Dr W. Pietrzak, Modern(ist) English Literature
The course is devoted to British literature of the modernist period (roughly 1900-1939). We will probe into some of the foundational writers and texts (expats: Eliot, Pound; locals: Lewis, Lawrence, Woolf; the 1930s bunch) as well as at the less-known figures (Aldington, Ford). There will be time to talk about technique, tradition, rebellion, politics, aesthetics, philosophy, science and why the Romantic period got it all wrong. Plenty of close reading of some of the best and most demanding works of literature ever written in the English language (to the utter bewilderment of the majority of readers).

3. Dr A. Sumera, Introducing Twentieth-Century British Writers
The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with some important contemporary British writers. With a relatively low reading load, the course introduces nine key figures of post-war British fiction. Mostly short stories have been chosen (there are only two novels on the reading list). In a few cases, the reading shall be supported by film adaptations of fiction written by authors discussed during the classes (the focus being rather on the themes and ways of presentation and not on problems of film adaptation). The course shall introduce, among others, the following topics: magic realism, writing about women, Catholic writing, campus novel, the Troubles, psychological writing, unreliable narrator.

Przedmiot orientujący A:

1. Dr Ł. Salski, Writing – more than a language skill
The course looks at composition and reception of written texts in L1 and L2 from the perspective of psycholinguistics, composition studies, foreign language teaching, and intercultural rhetoric. It deals with practical aspects of writing and writing instruction as well as with the basics of the theory and research in composition studies and foreign language writing. Thus, it can be seen both as support for students’ writing skills development and as introduction to a potential field of BA or MA thesis.

2. Dr M. Kopytowska, Language in the media
The course focuses on the language used in the media. We will venture into numerous public spaces, genres and contexts in order to see how media (including New Media) “create pictures in our minds”, how identities are constructed, and power negotiated and challenged. We will examine the interface between media and society, and analyse various forms and strategies of communication across different genres, including Twitter, Facebook and blogs. We will also try to discover how persuasion and manipulation work and how a given medium, for instance the Internet, shapes communicative practices.

3. Dr W. Pskit, Basic Issues in English Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax
The aim of the course is to develop students’ linguistic awareness and analytic skills in the context of selected branches of linguistics as well as to acquaint them with the current issues in English linguistics. The course deals with selected topics in English morphology, word-formation and syntax, including recent developments in the field and the empirical application of theoretical knowledge.

Przedmiot orientujący B:

1. Dr T. Dobrogoszcz, Postmodernism in British 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 British 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, A.S. Byatt, I. McEwan, J. Winterson, J. Fowles, S. Rushdie, etc.) and films (by P. Greenaway, S. Kubrick, etc.). We will critically approach the contemporary notions of language and identity, examining the concepts of irony, metafiction, intertextuality and hyperreality.

2. Dr J. Fruzińska, The Disney Version
The course will be devoted to a discussion of Walt Disney Company’s post-1989 animated films. Students will watch chosen animated productions (eg. The Little Mermaid, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Treasure Planet) and read the literary sources that the films are based on. We shall discuss the changes introduced by the Disney Company, with a particular focus on ideological ones. In the final class students will be asked to write a short essay concerning the films they will have watched.

3. Prof. J. Uchman, British Representatives of the Theatre of the Absurd and Their Antitotalitarian Plays
After the course the student should be able to recognize and specify the concrete critical terms discussed within the course. He should also enlarge his knowledge concerning the political plays written by Samuel Beckett, Tom Stoppard and Harold Pinter.