1. Visual Culture and Social Communication, dr Michał Lachman
The aim of the course is to provide a general introduction to visual studies, performance studies as well as different forms of social communication (mass media, journalism). The structure of the course is divided into two parts: one focuses on theory, the other concentrates on analyzing examples. Students who choose the course will be instructed how to apply contemporary cultural theories to the study of modern media, graphic novel, visual and performative arts, journalism, documentary writing and theatre. The seminar offers a possibility of writing a traditional research dissertation and presenting a research project.
2. Film Adaptations of Contemporary British Fiction, dr Adam Sumera
The seminar will deal with contemporary British fiction (novels and short stories) as well as their film adaptations. During the seminar, students will get acquainted with the specific languages of fiction (including methods of narration) and film, and will discuss problems arising when literature is adapted for screen. The class will be based on analysing particular pairs consisting of an original novel/short story and its film adaptation.
3. Soft Modernity: Foundations and Networks of the Present , dr Wit Pietrzak
The seminar is aimed at unravelling the intricate web of narratives (theoretical as well as literary and beyond) that comprise what may be termed, for want of a better name, “soft modernity.” Whilst “concrete” and “hands-on” seem to be words of the day, the seminar will be devoted to the study of forking narrative paths that offer no immediate understanding but only obstinate questionings of sense and outward things, fallings from us, vanishings. From philosophy (Vattimo) and sociology (Bauman) to the contemporary poetry and novel (mainly British), we will approach the intricate, the imperceptible and the elusive so as to (fail to) catch the metamorphosing worlds of the present day and ourselves as we trace them.
4. American Modernist Short Story, prof. Zbigniew Maszewski
The seminar concerns the development of the short story as a literary genre which became of particular interest to American modernist authors. The form of the short story, its brevity as well as its necessary verbal economy makes it appropriate for expressing the fragmentation and the quick pace of American life at the beginning of the 20th century. Among the topics discussed will be: Involuntary memory (momentary experience in relation to narrative time); The techniques of raising the sensual to the level of the spiritual; Methods of portraying characters confronting emotional paralysis, powerful illuminations, instances of enhanced self-awareness, the condensation of narrative stance into evocative images. Among the writers discussed will be: William Faulkner, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemnigway.
5, North American Gothic, dr Krzysztof Majer
The course explores various uses of the peculiar in American and Canadian fiction. The reading list presents a wide selection of US literature: from practitioners of horror fiction and weird fiction (Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King) to writers associated with the Southern Gothic tradition (Flannery O’Connor, Truman Capote) as well as various strands of realism (Raymond Carver). Equally well represented are Canadian writers: authors whose work has been described, largely because of their American influences, as ‘Southern Ontario Gothic’ (Alice Munro, Barbara Gowdy, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley), other chroniclers of the bizarre (the American-born Torontonian Leon Rooke) as well as more traditional writers who occasionally employed elements of the Gothic tradition (Ethel Wilson). The stories, ranging from the slightly odd through the peculiar to the truly surreal, demonstrate an undying interest in exploring the dark underside of North American life.
1. Speech as a type of action – discourse analysis in professional and other social contexts, prof. Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka
The course aims to help the students to efficiently write their BA theses and to pass the final exam. It is also meant to inspire the students and assist them in choosing their individual research projects. Accordingly, during the meetings the students will be familiarized with the state-of-the-art linguistics research into speech actions and discourse analysis and relevant methodologies. They will be able to revise basic theoretical and applied issues. The seminar focuses on language as a type of action in the context of a number of sociolinguistic variables, which invite varied linguistic interfaces. A particular research program may concentrate on e.g.: language in professional settings (e.g. law, medicine, business, academic communication, classroom interaction, advertising, …); language and identity (e.g. gender, feminism, ethnic variety, (sub)cultural variety, …); language and social status (e.g. accents, dialects, …); language and music, linguistic signs and semiotic signs (e.g. iconicity of electronic communication [Txtng 4U]), etc.
2. Exploring electronic language corpora of contemporary and historical English, dr Anna Cichosz, dr Piotr Pęzik
The aim of the course is to present applications of electronic corpora in the study of linguistic variation and language change. The tools and resources introduced during the course will be used to familiarise students with corpus-based linguistic methodologies and help them select the topics of their B.A. projects. The course will present corpus methodologies of language study. Specific corpus tools and resources introduced during the course will include: British National Corpus (BNC), Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), Corpus of Historical American English (COHA), various historical corpora of Old and Middle English, corpus search and processing tools. These tools will be used to investigate a range of research topics including grammatical and lexical variation and change in English, native-like selection and idiomaticity. Students will be encouraged to analyse selected topic on the basis of contemporary or historical data, depending on their research interests.
3. Audiovisual Translation, dr Mikołaj Deckert
The seminar provides an overview of the basic theoretical and practical notions of Audiovisual Translation. Students will get to know different research methods and tools that can be productively used in their BA projects. An important objective is to make participants aware of the idiosyncrasies of different AVT modes, and enable participants to identify factors that influence the translator’s decisions, and thus have to be considered in translation quality assessment. The seminar will also focus on the very process of structuring and writing the BA dissertation, discussing issues like data selection, hypothesis formulation, referencing, register, and text editing.
4. A critical discourse analysis perspective on media, politics and communication, dr Monika Kopytowska
The idea and objective behind this seminar is to acquaint students with Critical Discourse Analysis as an approach towards “language as social practice” (Fairclough and Wodak 1997), to explore various frameworks within this approach along with tools they offer for linguistic analysis, as well as a multitude of possible applications (within various institutional and interpersonal settings). 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 the cultural context and practices, for example journalistic routines, influence “discourse as product”, or how a given medium, for instance the Internet, shapes communicative practices.
5. English-Polish Contrastive Linguistics and its Applications, dr Wiktor Pskit
The aim of the seminar is to prepare students for writing their B.A. dissertations concerning general linguistics and English-Polish contrastive linguistics, including inquiry into English borrowings in Polish. Presentation and discussion of current trends in morphology, word-formation, lexis (English borrowings in Polish) and syntax in the context of differences between English and Polish (or other languages) is intended to enable students to choose topics of their B.A. projects and write their dissertations. The range of B.A. projects topics goes beyond morphological, lexical and syntactic phenomena as the areas of research might also involve translation and broadly understood communication.
Basic concepts in morphology and word-formation; inflection and derivation; word-formation processes in English and Polish; current trends in English and Polish word-formation; foundational issues in syntax; syntactic categories and functions; syntactic operations; the structure of phrases; the structure and types of clauses; selected syntactic structures in English and Polish; linguistic borrowing and types of borrowing; English borrowings in Polish; selected topics in text analysis, translation and communication theory.
6. TEFL, dr Łukasz Salski
This seminar covers a variety of topics related to teaching English as a foreign language and second language writing studies. Issues discussed may range from aspects of psycholinguistics to classroom practice, as students are encouraged to pursue their individual interests. Over the two semesters, students involve in small-scale research projects employing quantitative and/or qualitative research methodology, and report on them in their theses. In the writing process students’ authorial identity is reinforced, and their writing skills are developed.