1. Theory and Practice of (Literary) Translation, dr Joanna Dyła-Urbańska
The seminar is addressed to all students interested in the art of translation, particularly – but not only – literary translation. We will read and discuss important texts by translation theorists and analyse possible practical problems encountered by translators in their work. Apart from working on strictly literary texts (such as excerpts from novels, short stories, poems, plays) we will also concentrate on song lyrics, film dialogues, advertisements, various articles and academic essays. We will discuss intertextuality, culture-specific items, puns and neologisms in translation as well as various translation strategies and techniques. We will also talk about reception and criticism of translated texts in Poland, read (and hopefully argue over) translation reviews and carry out comparative analyses of translations of (literary) texts. The seminar is therefore relevant for all students interested in the fascinating world of translation, a truly interdisciplinary field incorporating broad cultural, social and political contexts of contemporary humanist thought.
2. “The people of today and the world around them” as reflected in contemporary literature, film, and art, prof. Katarzyna Poloczek
The seminar shall focus on various aspects of the life in a modern world and people’s reactions to other people, social and cultural problems, nature, technology etc. Participating in the seminar, students enhance their creativity, gain confidence in academic writing as well as an efficient command of the formal aspects of the academic discourse. During the B.A. seminar, students learn how to plan and design their written work, conduct their own research and prepare the documentation of the academic sources. The following course facilitates undergraduates to develop their analytic, critical and interpretive skills necessary for writing their B.A. theses.
3. Irish Identities between North and South, dr Joanna Kruczkowska
The seminar explores Irish identities and myths in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as expressed in literature and culture created at home and abroad in the 20th and 21st century. The range of themes discussed varies from Irish history and politics, the language question, postcolonial framework, Celtic and national mythology, environmental issues, social problems, emigration/immigration/exile to the Celtic Tiger and its decline, showing evolving attitudes of Irish society throughout the twentieth century and beyond. This interdisciplinary seminar combines literature (mainly in English), film, music and visual arts.
4. American Women Writers of the 20th and 21st Century, prof. Jadwiga Maszewska
In the second half of the 20th century, following the Civil Rights Movement, of which the Women’s Movement was part, the role of women in the American society became more significant. Women went out to get an education, joined the workforce to become financially independent, and the traditional model of the family, which subjugated women, began to change. Women also became more involved in the political issues in the United States. These developments have been reflected in numerous literary works written by women in the last several decades. Literary critics have referred to the 20th century as the century of women. The following authors’ literary works (for the most part short stories) will be discussed in this seminar: Joyce Carol Oates, Joan Didion, Barbara Kingsolver, Cynthia Ozick, Annie Dillard, Bobbie Anne Mason, as well as representative ethnic women writers: Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bharati Mukherjee, Sandra Cisneros.
5, Continuations of modernism in American prose – 20/21st centuries, dr Kacper Bartczak
The seminar will focus on the ideas, styles, narrative structures, character developments, cultural contexts, and other aspects of the prose works by Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Vonnegut, Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Don DeLillo, and Cormac McCarthy. We will try to put the prose in the context of visual arts, cultural developments, and film works. We will examine basic critical texts addressing the issues in the authors mentioned above. The first semester classes will identify problems and topics for the BA essays. The second semester will be devoted to practical aspects of working on the BA diploma work.
1. 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.
2. Issues in Translation & INterpreting, dr Paulina Pietrzak
This diploma seminar addresses the latest theories, methodologies, and trends in non-literary translation and interpreting. Students will have the opportunity to investigate various concepts and typologies of translation theory and practice as they will spend the year developing their topics, researching and discussing them. Moreover, the seminar offers a thorough grounding in research methods and provides an overview of basic and advanced concepts in methodological aspects of linguistic analysis.
3. Analysing spoken English, dr Anna Gralińska-Brawata
The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with a variety of factors influencing spoken English and ways of investigating variability in speech from the sociolinguistic point of view. It also aims at inspiring and preparing students for conducting a research project as part of their B.A. thesis.
The course will focus on the most important issues concerning various sources of variability in speech including a range of sociolinguistic variables (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, social status, identity, speaking styles) and phonetic features (dialect and accent differences). These will be based on close analyses of selected audio-visual materials.
4. Teaching English as a Foreign Language, dr Weronika Szubko-Sitarek
This seminar will cover a variety of topics related to teaching English as a foreign language. Issues discussed will range from aspects of psycholinguistics to classroom practice. The course will also feature a special panel devoted to teaching English to pre-primary and primary students including approaches to the role of the age factor in language learning, parents’ beliefs, the role of parental involvement, or the role of authentic materials in early language learning with the special focus on children’s literature. Participants will be introduced to selected quantitative and qualitative research methods and will conduct a small-scale research study. In writing the BA theses, attention will be paid to development of academic register and adherence to the recommended documenting style.
5. Meaning, Persuasion and Manipulation in political and media discourse, dr Anna Wieczorek
The purpose of the seminar is to acquaint students with the main semantic, pragmatic and cognitive studies of meaning and 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. In-class presentations and discussions will help to prepare students to plan and complete their B.A. theses on meaning, persuasion and manipulation techniques employed in various types of political discourse (including speeches prepared for delivery, such as presidential and electoral discourse, political debates, etc.), advertising discourse, newspaper discourse and other types of discourse in which language is used for coercion.