1. Prof. Andrzej Wicher, A proseminar concerning the basic notions of religious and mythological studies as they can be applied to literary analysis
The course is intended to achieve the following objectives :
– Providing basic introductory information concerning the writing of a master thesis.
– The promotion of students’ awareness of the basic problems connected with anglophone fantastic literature.
– The exploration of the fundamental categories of religious and mythological studies.
– The development of students’ ability to interpret exemplary texts representing fantastic (or, occasionally, realistic) literature.
2. dr hab. Joanna Kruczkowska, Ireland in the 20th and 21st centuries
The course spans Irish literature and culture including the social and political context from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries until the present, delving into prose, poetry, drama, film and music of Ireland (North and South). The seminar enables the students to write their M.A.s in all the fields mentioned above; comparative approaches, own interests and ideas are encouraged. A wide range of themes includes, but is not limited to, questions of identity, history and politics, emigration/immigration, physical and psychological exile, landscape, language, relationships, folklore and tradition.
3. prof. dr hab. Dorota Filipczak, Contemporary female writers from postcolonial countries
The course will focus on contemporary female writers from postcolonial countries, and female characters in fiction, film and music videos. Texts and films will be provided by the teacher. The materials will be mostly connected with Canadian, Australian and African literatures in English. Students will be assessed on the basis of their participation in discussions and final presentation.
4. dr hab. Tomasz Dobrogoszcz, Representations of Trauma in Contemporary Literature
The natural human reaction to a traumatic experience is to remove it from consciousness, seeking escape from unbearable nature of the event and the unbearable nature of the survival. But the moment of the escape from death has endless impact on the victim’s life. The ghosts of the past will not rest and keep haunting the victim until their stories are told. Remembering and telling the truth about the atrocities is necessary for healing individual survivors and for restoring the social order. At the same time, the testimony of the trauma does not only outline the violent nature of events, but also the elements which resist comprehension. Because, as Freud claimed, a traumatic experience is not completely grasped when it occurs. In this way, the story of the trauma often becomes the story of a “belated experience”. This seminar will look at selected literary representations of trauma, both at the individual and the collective level, in contemporary fiction. Discussed writers will include: J.M. Coetzee, I. McEwan, T. Morrison, E. Donoghue, K. Vonnegut, J.S. Foer, H. Jacobson, G. Swift, and others. The course will also offer an overview of critical and theoretical approaches to the presentation of trauma in literature.
5. dr hab. Agnieszka Łowczanin, Gothic terrors, modern horrors
During this seminar we will explore contemporary manifestations of the Gothic, present in our cultural imagination since the publication of the first Gothic story in the late 18th century. The purpose will be to examine how this heavily aestheticized mode, which relies on recognizable tropes of terror and dread, often pleasing, but at times revolting, can nowadays, more often than ever, capture our attention and excite imagination. We will focus on the relevance of deploying Gothic machinery, on the one hand, to convey the anxieties and traumas caused by the world we live in, e.g. eco-horror, and, on the other, to give us aesthetic consumer/viewer satisfaction, e.g. Alexander McQueen’s eerie and flamboyant fashion designs, or films by Guillermo del Toro.
6. dr hab. prof. UŁ Kacper Bartczak, 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Its Engagements with the External World
The seminar will examine selected works in American prose fiction (the novel and the short story) and poetry of the 20th and 21st centuries. It will focus on how the literary text probes and diagnoses the way human beliefs shape the material and psychological environments. We will look into the way literature exposes how humans shape their beliefs to cope with pressures of both physical and psychical nature. We will also investigate how literature traces the changing ways in which human consciousness copes with the pressures of the contemporary world. The seminar will include works displaying diverse traditions and genres. We will read canonical writers of American modernism, realism, post-modernism, Beat Generation, and Native American voices. The reading list will include (among others): Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Jack Kerouac, Raymond Carver, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo. We will also look at developments in poetry, from modernism till the present day.
7. dr Krzysztof Majer, Re-Writing: Parody, Adaptation and Translation of North American Literature
This course – based around research into intertextuality and intermediality, in particular Linda Hutcheon’s reevaluation of originality – focuses on various ways in which existing texts can be creatively ‘re-written’, from parody through (theatrical and cinematic) adaptation to translation. Taking contemporary US American and Canadian fiction as its primary material, the course is designed as an inquiry into the strategies and consequences of repurposing, refashioning and reinterpreting texts such as Biblical narratives, folktales, fables, myths or canonical works of world literature, with the repetition/difference dynamic always clearly in view.
8. dr Łukasz Salski, Foreign language learning and teaching
In this class we will explore varied aspects of foreign and second language learning and teaching. Even though some class work will focus on teaching foreign language writing, students will be encouraged to explore topics relevant to their personal interests or experience within the area of foreign and/or second language learning and teaching. Likewise, in spite of a general preference for qualitative research methods, students will be supported in pursuing their own research projects using any appropriate methodology.
9. dr hab. prof. UŁ Marta Dynel, Entertainment on social media
This proseminar addresses various forms of entertainment on social media, focusing on a range of impolite and/or humorous practices. The classes commence by defining the phenomena of humour and impoliteness so that their various online manifestations can be analysed: memes, trolling, RoastMe, parody Twitter accounts, and many other forms of humorous creativity serving entertainment. These forms will be discussed from a pragmatic angle with reference to their forms and functions.
The weekly meetings centre on the teacher’s presentation of select notions, teacher-student discussions and in-group discussions, all based on the materials (handouts) prepared by the teacher, as well as reading assignments (contemporary journal papers) and online-search tasks.
10. dr hab. P. Krakowian, Proseminar in Language Testing and Evaluation
Using interactive presentations, podcasts and videocasts, discussion forum (VLE), discursive blogs, WebQuests the course aims at presenting selected issues in the field of EFL/ESL for the MA students, which will allow a broader perspective on the learning/teaching process, with special emphasis on the role of technology in language learning in order to prepare ground for a diploma seminar in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language, with particular focus on:
– New technologies and the Internet in teaching, mind-sets, digital immigrants and digital natives
– Mobile learning
– Online learning platforms and authoring tools
– Online assessment and computerised/adaptive testing
– Alternatives in Language Assessment – portfolio and electronic portfolio in language assessment
11. dr hab. I. Witczak-Plisiecka, Language varieties and speech actions
This class focuses on how things can be done with language. It shows that there are functional units of language (speech acts and speech actions) that people recognise and interpret within a particular discourse space. We will learn how to describe and define such units in different contexts, e.g. in face-to-face interaction, fiction, multimodal contexts (e.g. the language of advertising), in professional settings (e.g. legal and medical contexts), and in the context of teaching EFL with emphasis on functional units, e.g. how one function is realised in different languages, e.g. apologies, compliments, requests, etc., and how to teach successful performance in a foreign language.
12. prof. dr hab. Piotr Stalmaszczyk, Languages in Contact and Contrast
The aim of this seminar is twofold: first, to discuss and analyse patterns of language contact; second, to present selected items in contrastive linguistics and argumentation.
Language contact will be exemplified with the process and effects of English borrowings in Polish (or other native languages of the international students), with special focus on the most recent borrowings in various domains of life and across different media. Additionally, language contact will be investigated within the historical and contemporary processes in the British Isles (concentrating on Celtic languages and the Celtic Englishes).
Discussion connected with languages in contrast will focus on contrasting and comparing different patterns in language, starting with vocabulary and word structures, through syntax and semantics, to texts and argumentation patterns. Examples for analysis will come from English and Polish (or other native languages).
Other areas of investigation will include new vocabulary in English, specialized terminology (e.g. linguistic terminology), and comparison of linguistic theories (with focus on similarities and differences in terminology and argumentation).
13. prof. Ł. Bogucki, Audiovisual translation and media accessibility
The aim of the course is to delineate the concepts of audiovisual translation and media accessibility, explain their soaring popularity in translation studies, and dispel the myths surrounding them.
Topics covered in class include: tthe holy trinity of AVT: subtitling, dubbing, and voice-over; the periphery of AVT: video game localisation and image-driven interpreting; audio-description for the blind; subtitles for the deaf and the hard-of-hearing; surtitles for the opera; respeaking; quality assurance in AVT; ethical and professional aspects of AVT and MA; audience design in AVT; collaborative translation; technology-driven AVT.