Oferta konwersatoriów literaturoznawczych/językoznawczych oraz przedmiotów orientujących zima 2016/2017

Uwaga! Rok II studiów stacjonarnych I stopnia
Od 23 września od godz. 21:00 do 2 października do godz. 23:59 odbędzie się rejestracja przez system USOS na zajęcia wybieralne na II roku studiów licencjackich.

Studenci realizujący specjalność anglistyczną wybierają po jednej grupie następujących zajęć:

Konwersatorium językoznawcze

Konwersatorium literaturoznawcze A

Konwersatorium literaturoznawcze B

Przedmiot orientujący A

Przedmiot orientujący B

Studenci realizujący specjalność filologia angielska z drugim językiem obcym (UWAGA: tylko poziom podstawowy) wybierają jedną grupę zajęć spośród zajęć Konwersatorium literaturoznawcze A LUB Konwersatorium literaturoznawcze B.

W grupach obowiązują limity miejsc. W przypadku wyczerpania się limitu miejsc prosimy o zapisanie się do innej grupy.

Prosimy zapoznać się z krótkimi opisami ww. kursów:

Konwersatoria językoznawcze:

1. Dr Przemysław Ostalski: Varieties of English
The course analyzes varieties of English used around the world with the primary emphasis on native types. The analysis covers major kinds of differences in terms of pronunciation (accents), grammar and lexicon (dialects). Additionally, sociolinguistic variation is considered in relation to the concepts of standard, non-standard and substandard varieties.

2. Prof. I. Witczak-Plisiecka: Lexical semantics and pragmatics
The course is focused on issues relevant for lexicology and lexicography, which link lexical semantics and pragmatics with lexicographic practice. In short, its aim is to discuss recent findings concerning the mental lexicon, i.e. how people store words in their minds, and how words are recognised and retrieved. Next to these cognitive issues, we will look at how lexical meaning can be described and how different dictionaries are compiled. The issues included in the course are especially relevant for people interested in semantics, lexical pragmatics (monolingual and contrastive), lexicography, speech therapy.

3. Prof. M. Dynel: Issues in sociolinguistics and pragmatics
This course covers a selection of issues: First names, Brand names, Doublespeak, Propaganda, Persuasion, Buzzwords, Political correctness, Swearing, Sexism in language, Language and gender, Issues in humour studies, Humour and its types, Recognising the presence of humour, Humour in sitcoms, Humour in drama. The weekly meetings will centre on in-group discussions (supervised by the teacher), based on the materials (short articles or tasks prepared by the teacher). Topics: Introduction: basic notions, Visual and verbal explicitness vs. implicitness in films, Film discourse vs. real-life discourse, Viewer as a distinct hearer type, Participation framework in film and other media genres, Impoliteness as entertainment, Deception in film, (Un)truth and fiction, Metaphor and irony in film talk, Humour in comedy discourse, Humour in dramatic discourse, Taboo words in film discourse, Internet memes, Trolling

 4. Dr A. Wieczorek: Meaning and persuasion in politics and media
The purpose of the seminar is to acquaint students with the main semantic, pragmatic and cognitive studies of meaning and persuasion, as well as with Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), an approach to the study of language as a social and political tool. This course will familiarise students with current trends in semantic, pragmatic and cognitive studies of language and main tools of linguistic analysis of media and political discourse. We will cover the following topics: Semantics and semantic relations, Pragmatics (speech acts, presupposition, implicature), Cognitive linguistics (conceptual metaphor, conceptual mapping), Critical Discourse Analysis, Persuasion and manipulation in political and media discourse.

Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze A:

1. Prof. 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).

2. Dr M. 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). The list of revolutionary themes is long. Feel free to join our group and discover more.

3. Dr J. Fruzińska: American Short Story
The course will be devoted to a discussion of American short stories from the 19th and 20th centuries. The course is designed to complete 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.We will discuss writers such as Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ernest Hemingway, or Raymond Carver.

4. M. Tardi MFA:  In Modernism’s Shadow: Innovative Women of Contemporary American Literature
This course is an exploratory seminar which will consider the lasting effects and influences of Modernism on the work of some contemporary innovative American women poets, fiction writers and playwrights –– writers such as Lisa Jarnot, Miranda July, and Sarah Ruhl. In each meeting we will be discussing the readings, and investigate how Modernism’s formal influences and intellectual perspectives are reflected through reconfigurations of myth, conceptualizations of technology, and effects of emotional register and humor. Some sessions will be augmented by essays and other materials as necessary.

Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze B

1. Prof. Z. Maszewski: The American Southwest in Literature, Fine Arts and Film
This class is intended to discuss characteristic features of the region of the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, California) in  literature, fine arts and film.  Course content will include: The American Southwest as a distinct region of the United States – its history and geography; The Southwest as a meeting ground of various cultures; Major Chicana/o writers; The Southwest in selected short stories of “mainstream” American writers; The Southwest in visual arts: Georgia O’Keefe and others; The Southwest in film; Social and political issues in cultural texts concerning the Southwest.

2. Dr K. Bartczak: The Minimalist Aesthetics and Minimalist Styles In American Literature, From Modernism Till Now:
This course traces the evolution of minimalist styles found in American literature, both prose and poetry. It investigates the significance and meanings inherent in literary minimalism inherent in various political periods.  The readings will include selections from Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Don DeLillo and Cormac McCarthy in prose, and from Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Robert Creeley and some contemporary poets in poetry. Additionally, we will consult and explore the role of minimalism in other artistic fields: painting, architecture, film.

3. Dr M. Cieślak: Ambiguities, Innuendoes, Double Meanings in English Medieval and Renaissance Literature
The course will look at selected Medieval and Renaissance texts (both poetic and dramatic) to explore possibilities of multiple interpretations (ambiguities, double meanings, innuendoes). Texts will range from The Dream of the Rood, through Marlowe's and Shakespeare's plays, to their contemporary screen versions, like Justin Kurzel's 2015 Macbeth.The course offers advanced background information concerning the Old English, Medieval and Renaissance literature, focusing on the possibilities of numerous and various interpretations. It allows for exploration of literary texts from historical perspectives, and for discussing ideological dimensions of literary texts. It aims at promoting the students’ awareness of the development, transformation and continuation of literary motifs, and enhances their abilities to formulate and express their own opinions and judgements.

4. Dr P. Spyra: Religion and Literature (A Survey of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature)
This course will look at some of the finest (and strangest) examples of medieval and early modern religious writing in English. You will find devotional texts in the syllabus, but you will also find tales of the supernatural and of sex, and a lot of humour but also, quite often, an alarmingly serious tone of religious zeal. In short, you will see what religion makes people do, think and fantasize about and how thinking in religious terms may lead human imagination in surprisingly varied directions.

Przedmiot orientujący A:

1. 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 (both verbal and visual) 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 television or the Internet, shapes communicative practices.

2. 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.

3. Mgr M. Szuster: How Plays Work – a workshop based on contemporary American drama.
In this course we will look, in very broad terms, at what makes a play work by investigating the various aspects that contribute to the commercial success of a play and/or 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. Understanding the path to imaginative response, the role of experiment, together with the various roles and functions of the theater will comprise the focus of our inquiry. The course will also concentrate on showing how the performative nature of plays distinguishes them from other works of literature through investigating the twofold nature of a play – as a script and as a work of literature. 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) the students will explore the process of putting up a play. As the course focuses on creative thinking and no final exam is required, active participation and constructive contribution to classroom conversation are crucial.

Przedmiot orientujący B:

1. 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 the empirical application of theoretical knowledge.

2. 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.

3. 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.