Konwersatoria językoznawcze (środa 10-11.30):
  1. Dr hab, prof. UŁ Jacek Walińskii: Cognitive semantic models of cross-linguistic equivalence in translation
    This seminar focuses on cognitive semantic models of equivalence as a replacement for traditional models of cross-linguistic equivalence in translation. Because equivalence cannot be reduced to establishing correspondences between word-for-word or phrase-for-phrase substitution proposals, translators are often forced to re-construct the meaning of the original message in the target language. For this reason, an equivalent is not a perfect mirror image of the original author’s mental model but an approximation formed through a mental blend of the original meaning and the way it is interpreted in the mind of the recipient. Viewed from this perspective, any translation bears only some resemblance to the original and holds as long as a particular approximation constitutes an allowable substitution, i.e. is sufficiently similar to the original in a certain specified sense to be eligible for substitution. The seminar aims to demonstrate that in real-life scenarios the equivalence can expand surprisingly far to include cases of highly individualized equivalence conditioning.
  2. dr hab prof. UŁ Janusz Badio: Exploring spoken English
    The main aim of the course is to provide students of English as a foreign language with an opportunity to read about, discuss, listen to and experience spoken English in a variety of situations and contexts. The core examples that will be used in class are based on the book by McCarther and Carter (1996), who selected their data from the CANCODE (Cambridge-Nottingham Corpus of Discourse English), a five million word corpus of spontaneous, everyday English speech. The students will also learn to use selected research methods to deal with spoken data in order to answer questions about psychology of language production and comprehension (e.g. Chafe 1994, 1996, 1998, 2003; Tomasello 2014). Hands-on experiential approach, active student participation, experimentation and critical evaluation of source materials will be encouraged.
  3. Dr Anna Wieczorek: Persuasive and manipulative practices in discourse
    The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with the main semantic, pragmatic and cognitive studies of meaning, persuasion and manipulation, 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. Students will be familiar with: semantics and semantic relations, pragmatics (speech acts, presupposition, implicature), cognitive linguistics (conceptual metaphor, conceptual mapping), Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), as well as persuasion and manipulation strategies employed in political and media discourse, which will enable them to conduct a thorough analysis of the aforementioned types of discourses, e.g. speeches, debates, social campaigns, advertising campaigns, newspaper articles and headlines, etc.
Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze A (środa 15.15-16.45):
  1. dr hab. Tomasz 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 Joanna Dyła-Urbańska: Other Voices
    The course is devoted to a discussion of selected works from contemporary British and postcolonial literature written from the perspective of those subjects that have traditionally been neglected, marginalized, silenced or deemed as unreliable and not worth serious academic analysis. We will read and discuss texts – mostly short stories and (fragments of) novels – varying from classics of children’s literature to most recent works by Booker Prize winners. The course will aim at developing students’ close reading, text analysis and interpretative skills as well as enhancing students’ abilities to formulate and express their own critical opinions and judgments.

    3. Dr Marta Goszczyńska: Realism, Modernism and Postmodernism: Developments in 20th-Century British Short Fiction
    The course offers an overview of the three dominant twentieth-century literary modes: realism, modernism and postmodernism. The aim will be to place these modes within larger historical, cultural and philosophical contexts, and to characterise their distinctive key features. Realism, modernism and postmodernism will be discussed on the basis of short stories by such writers as Virginia Woolf, William Trevor, David Lodge, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Michele Roberts and A.S. Byatt. The average reading load is around 10-15 pages per week.

  3. Dr Monika 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.
Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze B (środa 11.45-13.15)
  1. Prof. Zbigniew Maszewski: The Bizarre. the Disquieting, the Supernatural in American Short Story
    The supernatural and the bizarre have long exercised a powerful hold on the imagination of American writers; events which frustrate the demand for logical explanation have had a continuous presence in the creation of American literary tradition. The monstrous, the irrational, the shadowy, the unexpected and unexpressed, the bizarre and the unsettling touch sensitive places in the American psyche and culture, and often remain related to issues of otherness, estrangement, marginalization, oppression, gender, sexuality and race. This course will focus on the elements evoking emotions of fear and anxiety in the texts of 19th, 20th and 21st centuries from the perspective of contemporary critical theories. Among the writers whose works will be discussed are: E.A. Poe, Ambrose Bierce, Lovecraft, Rudolfo Anaya, Joyce Carol Oates, Ellen Glasgow, Robert Penn Warren, Stephen King.
  2. Dr Krzysztof Majer: ‘Here There Be Tygers’: The North American Short Story in the Dark Mode
    The literary traditions of the US and Canada both have a rich connection to the gothic mode, which they have transformed for their own uses over the last two centuries. The heavily religious imagination imported from Europe, coupled with the experience of settling a continent perceived as a wilderness, yet inhabited by other cultures, came into a fascinating collision with modernity. These developments resulted in cultural formations which were peculiarly receptive to gothic elements and which may as a result be described as variously ‘haunted’. Specters of religious and cultural colonization, which often involved genocide, continue to disturb the literary imagination, even as it attempts to look forward into a doubtful, worrying future.

    A particularly fruitful way of studying this phenomenon is an examination of the short story. In its reliance on spatiality rather than temporality, as well as in its philosophical underpinnings of radical uncertainty (as Charles May has shown), the short story is a perfect lens for capturing the gothicity of US American and Canadian literature. This course explores a number of ways in which the North American short story reflects the various ‘hauntings’ and anxieties of the cultures from which it originates. Setting the precursors of horror fiction (Poe, Hawthorne) and practitioners of the Southern Gothic (Faulkner, O’Connor) against writers associated with a number of realist traditions (Carver, Munro, Atwood) and contemporary proponents of the bizarre (Saunders, Gaston), this course is designed to address and explore the dark undercurrent in North American literature.
  3. Mgr Mark Tardi: Contemporary American Women Writers & The Innovative Necessity
    Innovation has been the pulse drum of American literary, artistic, and economic endeavors since the mid-19th century. This is a discussion class which will consider the context that produces and the effects of innovation within contemporary American literature. How do contemporary innovative writers expand our view of earlier innovators and canonical figures, such as Dickinson, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Stein, or Whitman? How do innovative and hybrid literary works reflect contemporary concerns? What is the relationship between innovation and racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic differences? How are technology, sexuality, humor, or emotional register conceptualized?  The work of writers such as Miranda July, Lisa Jarnot, Nathalie Handal, Paula Vogel, Don Mee Choi, and Sarah Ruhl and others will be discussed. Some sessions will be augmented by creative writing exercises, essays, films, and other materials as necessary.
  4. Dr Magdalena Szuster: American Theater – a workshop based on contemporary American drama.
    In this course we will examine, in very broad terms, contemporary American drama. 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.
    The in-class discussions will be based on assigned readings (articles, plays), various movie adaptations, as well as theater productions (theater outings in Łódź). 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 A (wtorek 15.15-16.45):
  1. Dr Joanna Matyjaszczyk: Constructing the Other in English Literature
    The course looks into how Otherness is constructed and deconstructed in various works of English literature, especially in medieval and early modern popular literature, but also in Victorian and post-modern fiction. We will discuss popular ballads and romances, short stories, tales, and fragments of plays and novels in order to investigate how different narrative and dramatic works structure their narrative voices, plots and characters around the figure of the Other, engaging in discourses of physical difference and monstrosity, ethnic and religious prejudice (including anti-clericalism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Judaism, Islamophobia), anti-feminism and witchcraft.
  2. dr hab. prof. UŁ Krzysztof Kosecki: : Fundamentals of translation.
    The course provides practical introduction to basic concepts of translation from English into Polish and Polish into English. We will discuss translation equivalence at word level and above word level (collocations, idioms); kinds of shifts between source and target text; translation strategies (literal translation, domestication, foreignization); universal and culture-specific elements in translation; errors in translation (“third language”). Exercises focus on short texts on tourism, culture, arts, catering, etc.
  3. Dr Monika 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.
Przedmiot orientujący B (czwartek 15.15-16.45):
  1. Dr Justyna Fruzińśka: “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.
  2. Prof. dr hab. Dorota Filipczak: Film Adaptations of Postcolonial Literature
    The course will focus on the encounter with the cultural Other through the film adaptations of postcolonial literature from Australia, New Zealand and India. The construction of identity will be the crucial issue. Samples of texts that the films are based on will be read and discussed. Participation in discussions and final presentation on the selected aspects of two films will be required to complete the course.
  3. Dr Przemysław Ostalski: Varieties of English,
    The objective of the course is to give students an overview of the syntactic, lexical, phonetic and phonological variation across different varieties of modern English. The course analyzes the concepts of standard and non-standard varieties. Additionally linguistic variation is considered from a sociolinguistic viewpoint, so that students are sensitive to the extralinguistic connotations. After the course the student is capable of describing and analyzing features of a particular variety of modern English.