Oferta proseminariów - I rok st. stacj. II stopnia sem. zimowy 2015/16

Uwaga! W semestrze zimowym roku akademickiego 2014/15 studenci I roku studiów stacjonarnych II stopnia,  wybierają następujące przedmioty:

- proseminarium (90 godz.) - należy wybrać 3 kursy
- konwersatorium anglistyczne (30 godz.)

Zapisy odbędą się w czwartek 2 października o godz. 8.30 w Sekretariacie IA, p. 4. 36.

Prosimy zapoznać się z krótkimi opisami ww. zajęć::


1. Prof. A. Wicher, Proseminar on English literature
The course prepares the students for a literary MA seminar, and for writing their MA theses. It deals also with interpretation of literary texts selected on the basis of the students’ and the teacher’s interests.

2. Prof. J. Uchman, Drama proseminar
The proseminar is meant to focus mainly on the discussion of chosen modern British dramas - these could be either concrete playwrights (eg. Samuel Beckett, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter) or groups of playwrights – for instance, in your face theatre, the theatr of the absurd, poetic drama). A different range of subjects could cover some theoretical concepts and their concrete realizations in chosen dramas (intertextuality, the theatre of the absurd, poetic drama, specific thematic and structural function of time, theatrical and cinematic adaptations of drama etc.). I am ready to learn what the students’ expectations are and intend to discuss the concrete shape of the proseminar during the first classes when I hope to hear some stimulating suggestions.

3. Dr K. Ojrzyńska, The Body – Cultural Theory and Practice
The course centres on various representations of the human body in Western cultures. Drawing primarily on performance studies, disability studies and posthumanist studies, it explores the ways in which our bodies are shaped by certain dominant cultural discourses and practices, the ways in which our bodies determine our roles and positions in society, and the ways in which art can facilitate challenging these forms of cultural conditioning. The course focuses on the following thematic areas: a dancing body – performing gender and national identity, illness and disability, body art, modification and enhancement, and posthumanism. The analysis of selected works of art (dance, film, body art, theatre, drama, novel, photography, etc.) helps students to develop a critical approach to certain contemporary cultural stereotypes and culturally sanctioned models of behaviour.

4. Dr G. Kość, American Nationalism and Collective Memory
Societies just like individuals “remember” their past and this remembrance becomes the foundation of their collective identity. This course will deal with the ways Americans have built their national identity through myths, rituals, and various other commemorations and how they affect the shape of American society today. We are going to discuss not only what they remember but also how and why they remember certain events and heroes more than others. Eventually, we shall try to approach the question whether a pluralist society can build and perpetuate a single identity.
Starting with Benedict Anderson’s account of the rise of nationalism and Halbwachs’ writings on collective memory, we will look more specifically at how the United States builds its identity by rewriting the national past. We will look at how the national past is narritivized in art and then how Americans have to revise their iconography to accommodate historical contingencies. The course will also examine how individuals negotiate that collective memory; how minorities often press for major revisions of America’s collective past and how Americans frequently fight over specific museum exhibits and national monuments. We will look at the version of American past taught to high school students, how the past is often manufactured.

5. Dr K. Bartczak, To have and not to have a world: the relations between belief systems and the sense of the real in American literature
This seminar, designed as an orientation course before the choice of the MA track next semester, will examine selected works in American literature, prose pieces and poetry, with the focus on how particular systems of beliefs shape the sense of reality. Starting with Romanticism, through modernism, and ending on contemporary literature, we will examine the unique adherence developed within American literature to the sensitive commerce between the building of the sense of having a world – a “reality” – and the complex belief networks that stand behind this proud claim. We will look into literary pieces that examine what it means to have a world, and, alternatively, to be losing it.

6. Prof. Z. Maszewski,

7. Prof. J. Jarniewicz, Words and Pictures
The course will be devoted the discussion of the relationship of words and images. We will look at selected works by modern British, Irish and American authors who approach images in their writing: paintings, as well as photographs. We shall try to see what happens when pictures are described, turned into stories, spoken to or made to speak, addressing also the problem of rendering the relationship between words and pictures in terms of the male-female opposition. We shall also discuss texts-as-images, texts to be seen rather than read, and the various ways in which words and images co-exist in graphic novels, comic books, and picture-books.

8. Dr M. Goszczyńska, Television Comedy and Popculture
The aim of the course is to familiarise students with contemporary, popular British culture through an analysis of selected aspects of humour in British television comedy. Examples will be taken from British sitcoms and sketch shows. Humour will be seen as a key allowing students to capture the essence of “Britishness.” Analysing themes, motifs and strategies present in contemporary British comedy, students will be encouraged to pay attention to cultural differences connected with questions of class, race, gender and geography and the ways in which these are represented in texts analysed (eg. political correctness, black humour, satire, camp).

9. Dr T. Dobrogoszcz, ENCOUNTERS WITH THE UNCANNY in contemporary (British) fiction and film
Sigmund Freud talks about the uncanny (Das Unheimliche) as that which “belongs to the realm of frightening, of what evokes fear and dread”, which “was meant to remain secret and hidden and has come into the open”, and which “derives its terror not from something externally alien or unknown but – on the contrary – from something strangely familiar which defeats our efforts to separate ourselves from it”.
The paradoxical incident of being captivated and simultaneously repelled by the same thing can evoke a powerful emotional effect, an anxiety, a dissonance. Literature, which often roams over dark and perplexing regions of human experience, probes the psychic boundaries of the self, and struggles to find the representation of identity, is bound to collide into the uncanny in its explorations. Writers evoke an uncanny response in their readers by balancing on a frequently thin and indistinct line between the real and the unreal.
The literature of our times, forced to tackle the crisis of representation and implicated in self-reflexivity, endeavours to look for appropriate means of expressing postmodern identity. But to achieve this, it has to inspect the peripheral, defy the conventional and seek the ego in otherness, thereby stepping into the territory of the uncanny.
The course proposed will attempt to examine the phenomenon of the encounter with the uncanny, using examples selected from contemporary British (and occasionally foreign) fiction (and occasionally film). The seminar will also look at several crucial aspects of literary theory and postmodern philosophy relevant to the issue.

10. Prof. P. Cap, Language and Society
Who we are and what we are able to achieve socially is determined by the range of different forms of language which we have at our disposal. If we want to be convincing in a tutorial we have to be able to sound academic, and if we want to work as a lawyer we must first master the language of the law. This course explores the ways in which language varies according to subject area, social setting, communicative purpose and the social roles and identities of those involved. It examines the workings of various forms of speaking and writing - casual conversation, interviews and interrogations, public speaking, emailing and mobile phone texting and mass media articles, to cite just some examples. Students will study the nature of meaning, how we usually convey more than we actually say or write, the role of politeness in verbal communication, the necessarily cooperative nature of most forms of communication, and what makes texts “do their job”, i.e. what makes them persuasive. We are particularly interested in working with text, that is, larger units of meaning than a clause or sentence. Students will develop skills in analyzing the properties of different texts, in characterizing the interpersonal stances adopted by speakers and writers, in classifying the various genres or texts types which operate in particular social settings, and in identifying the coercive as well as manipulative forces of text and discourse.

11. Prof. M. Dynel, Pragmatic theories and notion
Topics: Introduction to pragmatics: concepts and approaches; The Gricean philosophy of communication; Dyadic vs. multi-party interaction; Distribution of hearer roles; Intentionality and intentions; Impoliteness; (Un)truth, (un)truthfulness and deception; Defining irony; Creative metaphor in interaction; Nonverbal communication and levels of meaning; Humour types; Humour theory; New cognitive-pragmatic approaches to humour; Rhetoric, persuasion and manipulation.

12. Prof. E. Waniek-Klimczak,

13. Prof. B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, Current Research in Language, Translation, Comparable Texts & Contemporary Discourse Forms
The proseminar will systematize the knowledge of basic analytical abilities to study translation / comparable texsts and contemporary discourse forms (also in contrast with other languages) in terms of cognitive and corpus linguistics methodology. The students will extend their knowledge in theory of language and practical analysis of new language forms and translation. The topics will be further elaborated on at MA Seminars in summer term.

14. Prof. J. Majer,
Proseminarium o profilu psycholingwistyczno-metodycznym ma na celu zorientowanie uczestnika w szerokim spektrum teoretycznych i praktycznych zagadnień językoznawstwa stosowanego oraz dydaktyki nauczania języka obcego pod kątem przyszłego seminarium magisterskiego. Problematyka obejmuje następujące tematy: dwujęzyczność i wielojęzyczność; rola czynników indywidualnych w procesie przyswajania języka obcego
hipoteza interjęzyka i wpływ języka ojczystego na uczenie się i nauczanie języka obcego
edukacyjne i socjolingwistyczne aspekty języka angielskiego jako współczesnej lingua franca; analiza dyskursu edukacyjnego nauczanie poszczególnych podsystemów (gramatyka, leksyka, wymowa, pisownia) i sprawności (słuchanie, mówienie, czytanie, pisanie) języka angielskiego metodyka języka angielskiego w różnych grupach wiekowych i na różnych poziomach biegłości zintegrowane nauczanie przedmiotowo-językowe (CLIL).

15. Prof. A. Kwiatkowska, Language among other modes of communication
Have you ever conversed with a friend, read a paper or magazine, listened to a song, watched a You Tube video, enjoyed a meme or a comic book? Have you needed to communicate an emotion, describe what you saw, present yourself from your best angle, advertise an event, make a persuasive poster? All of those situations (and almost all others) are multimodal: they do involve language, but also gestures, pictures, sounds…
This introductory linguistic/semiotic class will of course pay much attention to how language is used in some communicative situations, but it will also consider its interfaces and interactions with other modalities.
The class is a possible introduction to an MA seminar that will develop those and other language-related topics.

16. Prof. K. Kosecki, Language, Culture, and Communication
The proseminar is intended for students interested in the language-culture interface and studying it from the perspective of Cognitive Linguistics. We will define language and culture, and – adopting a cross-cultural perspective – discuss how speakers of diverse languages, e.g. English, Polish, German, Hungarian, Japanese, Spanish, and others make sense of fundamental aspects of culture. We will also analyse the cultural turn in translation and see how the knowledge of culture can contribute to translator’s competence.
The following ideas will be the subject of study, but the list is not exhaustive: language and communication; elements of culture; space and time across cultures; conceptual processes of metaphor and metonymy; varieties of language related to sex, age, and occupation; slang; euphemism in language; prejudice and stereotypes in culture and language; expressing emotions in language; cultural context in translation; gestures and non-verbal communication; signed languages vs. phonic languages.

17. Dr P. Pęzik, Corpora and phraseology
This course introduces the applications of linguistic corpora (i.e. collections of naturally occurring language) and corpus-based methodology in the study of formulaic language and phraseology. Particular attention is given to the use of various corpus-based tools and resources for phraseology mining in pure linguistic research, translation practice and language learning. By exploring large corpora of spoken and written language, students develop an awareness of phraseological prefabrication and the implications it carries for native-like selection and native-like fluency in language use (see http://pelcra.pl).

18. K. Ciepiela, Language as an identity marker and a tool for its performance
Course motto: the value ascribed to speech cannot be understood apart from the person who speaks, and the person who speaks cannot be understood apart from larger networks of social relationships.
Every time we speak, we are negotiating and renegotiating our sense of self in relation to the larger social world, and reorganizing that relationship across time and space. Our race, social class, ethnicity, or gender among other characteristics, are all implicated in the negotiation of identity. Thus language cannot be conceived of as a neutral medium of communication, but can be understood with reference to its social meaning, in a frequently inequitable world.
During the course we will discuss how identity is made visible and intelligible to others through cultural signs, symbols and practices. We will learn about a range of methodological approaches (Constructivism, Conversation Analysis, Positioning Theory, Ethnomethodology) and theoretical constructs that provide insights about a relationship between what we say (at micro- and macro-levels of discourse) and who we are. In addition we will examine an interplay between language and identity in different interactional contexts (face-to-face, telephone, new media), social settings (family, work place, medical interviews, educational settings) in different communities (immigrants, patients, students) and types of discourse (interviews, casual talk, narratives, accounts). 

Konwersatoria anglistyczne:

1. Dr. M. Cieślak, From Bestsellers to Blockbusters – challenges in adapting canonical literature for cinema and television
The course will focus on the strategies which are used in adapting canonical literature for mainstream cinema and television. Basing on recent approaches to film and adaptation studies students will confront cultural interpretations of selected texts with their cinematic and televised version.
The films to be analysed include: Robert Zemeckis's famously animated Beowulf with Anthony Hopkins as Hrothgar and Angelina Jolie as Grendel's mother; two films that hardly come across as Shakespeare and yet are Shakespearean offshoots – The Taming of the Shrew from Shakespeare Retold BBC series, and She's the Man, an adaptation of Twelfth Night; a cinema classic from the 90s, Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula starring Gary Oldman as the Count; and episode 1.2, "A Scandal in Belgravia", from the recent BBC hit, Sherlock.
The adaptations will be confronted with their sources on both formal and interpretative levels. The perspective of remediation will help to see how texts travel across media and time. The perspective of cultural appropriation, a vital element of adaptations that update the sources and localize them in specific time and space, will help to look at major interpretative changes to illustrate how directors attempt at accommodating outdated issues for contemporary audiences.

2. Dr D. Wiśniewska, Crime and Punishment in American Fiction and Film
This course explores the twinned themes of crime and punishment as seen through 19th and 20th century American, novels, short stories and films. Through these texts you will learn how crime and punishment have been dealt with by American cultures, both institutionally and aesthetically.

3. Dr W. Pietrzak,
The course offers a chance to discuss and critically evaluate various works dealing with the notion of (in)stability. We will look into works of fiction, poetry and occasionally theory that offer insights into the tension between creation, re-creation and de-creation of stable images of identity (both private and public), nationhood, history and language itself.

4. Prof. M. Dynel, Pragmatic and cognitive approaches to the discourse of media entertainment
Topics: 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 media genres; Impoliteness as entertainment; Deception in films; (Un)truth and fiction; Metaphor and irony in film talk; Humour in comedy discourse; Humour in dramatic discourse; Taboo words in film discourse; Gendered discourse (facts and myths, film and real life); Verbal and pictorial advertising.

5. Prof. S. Goźdź-Roszkowski, Communicating evaluative meanings in discourse. Theory and practice in corpus-assisted discourse studies
This course aims to serve as a practical guide for students interested in combining corpus linguistics and discourse analysis. It offers a wide-ranging introduction to corpus techniques to explore an array of up-to-date and relevant topics and areas in discourse studies such as evaluation, irony, (im)politeness and sociopolitical issues (e.g. racism and xenophobia, antisemitisim, etc.). Some themes will be explored from a cross-linguistic, translational perspective.
The course includes a theoretical outline of a particular area followed by case studies in order to shed light on particular themes and to demonstrate the methodologies which might be fruitfully employed to investigate them.
Students will be expected to carry out their own small-scale data-driven study in order to pass the course.

6. Dr I. Witczak-Plisiecka,