Seminaria licencjackie rok akad. 2019/2020
Literatura i kultura:

1. Dr Piotr Spyra, Literary Encyclopedia
Instead of asking students to produce original research, this project seminar will see them write wikipedia-type encyclopedic entries for selected poems. Any short poem from before 1700 that has no article on wikipedia will be acceptable as a topic, but the seminar itself will be devoted to John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, giving students necessary background information on Donne’s collection and fostering research skills necessary for finding, analyzing and putting together extant sources to produce a coherent article. Apart from preparing the short entry, each student will write a brief analytic commentary on the nature of encyclopedic language, the proper way of handling sources and mistakes to be avoided in the process of creating an encyclopedia article. Accompanying classes will introduce students to the mechanics of editing wikipedia, making it possible for them (should they wish to do so) to publish their article on wikipedia and reach world-wide readership. Much focus in these classes will be put on distinguishing between reliable and unreliable sources; in the age of fake news that we live in, this skill is indispensable not just for academic research but also for making sense of the world around us.

2. Dr Magdalena Cieślak, Literary Monsters Turning Cinematic Celebrities
In classical literature, monsters are typically creatures of the dark, incarnations of evil, sin or the devil. They function to discipline humans, and help them become better, stronger, and wiser. In the face of a monstrous adversary, heroes are born, teams are formed, values are reasserted and defended, and the sense of pride in being human is restored. From Grendel to zombies, the mechanism is similar – the monster is the antithesis of humanity, and the fiend’s evil fosters goodness in people. As those threatening creatures of the dark, however, started to make it big in cinema, they slowly evolved and morphed to become the stars of the silver screen. From part-human and sympathetic, to charming and titillating, the monsters that star in contemporary films came a long way from their literary predecessors.
The seminar will examine how monsters of literary classics mutate and transform into cinema celebrities, and will focus on the mechanisms that foster those changes. Our objects of scrutiny will mainly be vampires, with Count Dracula at the centre, but we will also discuss Old English creatures like Grendel and his mother, the devil himself, and, possibly, even zombies. The suggested films, discussed against their literary inspirations, will include Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Shore’s Dracula Untold, Zemeckis’s Beowulf, Hackford’s The Devil’s Advocate, and more.

3. Dr Marta Goszczyńska, Beyond Realism: Themes and Strategies in Contemporary Fiction and Film
The course looks at a selection of contemporary novels, short stories and films, which set out to challenge realist traditions of representation by venturing into the realm of metafiction, allegory, and fairy tale as well as by engaging in various types of experimentation. Among others, we will look at: Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber (1979), J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians (1980), Memento (2000; dir. Christopher Nolan), Ian McEwan’s Atonement (2001), Michele Roberts’s Playing Sardines (2001), Zadie Smith’s NW (2012), Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant (2015) and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018; dir. David Slade). While the texts we shall study differ in how they choose to subvert realism, they all reveal a self-conscious, critical attitude towards its formal conventions, thematic preoccupations and ideological underpinnings.

4. Dr Małgorzata Myk, Impossible Forms: Dissent, Resistance and Rebellion in Women’s Writing in the U.S.
The course explores the work of prominent 20th and 21st-century American women writers whose formally and thematically bold texts aimed at challenging the status quo expanding women’s horizon of self-definition beyond available conceptual frameworks and rebelling against those social, sexual, and gender norms that they considered oppressive. This seminar gives priority to formally unconventional, experimental texts that focus on changing linguistic protocols and test the possibility of new forms of expression against limitations of conventional genres and narratives, interrogating the ways in which women’s lives have been defined by rigid societal rules shaped by language. Beginning with famous seminal modernist works of Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, and H.D., we will later move to postmodernist works of Kathy Acker, Joanna Russ, Octavia Butler, or Lynne Tillman, as well as current developments in the field of women’s innovative writing found, among many others, in the writing of Lyn Hejinian, Anne Waldman, Eileen Myles, Stacy Szymaszek, Carole Maso, Lisa Robertson, Jena Osman, Claudia Rankine, Juliana Spahr, or Renee Gladman.

5. Dr Magdalena Szuster, Performing America
In this seminar, we will explore the (complicated and intricate) history of American theater in various social, political and economic contexts, focusing on the many forms and manifestations of theater in the USA and its relationship with culture, both high and low. Through such exploration of its development, we will look at theater as a by-product and a representation of American culture, a respondent to counter- and pop culture, a vessel of social change, as well as a for-profit industry.
The discussions will be based primarily on dramatic texts and movie adaptations of selected plays (e.g. William Dunlop, Royall Tyler, David Belasco, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee), but also on reviews and historical/critical essays. Other indigenously American theatrical forms, such as stand-up comedy, improvisational theater, happenings and performances, will also be debated.


1. Prof. dr hab. Piotr Cap, Linguistic pragmatics
This BA-level course will describe the current state of research in the field of linguistic pragmatics seen in the broad sense of a functional (i.e. cognitive, social and cultural) perspective on language and communication. A wide variety of topics will be discussed and students will acquire both theoretical and practical expertise in the following areas:
– application of linguistic pragmatics in the analysis of real-life discourse (language of politics and the media; advertising; social communication; propaganda, persuasion and manipulation; misunderstandings; humor, etc.)
– status of pragmatics in relation to such disciplines as sociolinguistics, anthropology, social psychology, experimental psychology, neurolinguistics, cognitivism and culture studies
– methodology of pragmatics and theoretical concepts (deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts, politeness, relevance)
– pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching.

2. Dr Mikołaj Deckert, Audiovisual Translation
The BA seminar covers 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 particular AVT modes, and enable participants to identify factors that influence the translator’s decisions, for instance in the context of translation quality assessment. The seminar will also focus on the very process of planning, structuring and writing the BA thesis – discussing issues like data selection and collection, hypothesis formulation, referencing, register, and text editing.

3. Dr Aleksandra Majdzińska-Koczorowicz, Issues in linguistic analysis
In this seminar students will have the opportunity to investigate the language of newspapers, advertising, and politics in order to be able to specify their area of linguistic interest. It aims at offering an insight into various concepts concerning written discourse, such as distribution of information, 'figuarative language’ (metaphor, metonymy, personification, etc.), framing, distribution of attention (e.g. figure and ground distinction). A focus will also be placed on persuasive language,

4. Dr Łukasz Salski, Foreign Language Education and Written Communication
This class is intended for anyone interested in language teaching and learning. While most of the input will revolve around theoretical and practical aspects of teaching writing in English as a foreign language, students will be encouraged to pursue their specific interests in the broad field of teaching and learning foreign/second language. Ultimately, the BA diploma project topics may vary from teaching different language skills or subsystems to individual language learner differences or assessment, and from analysis of language teaching techniques or materials to investigation of learning strategies or bilingualism.

5. Dr hab. prof. UŁ, Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka / dr Anna Gralińska-Brawata, Analysing variability in English
The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with a variety of factors influencing  the use of 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 language use including a range of sociolinguistic variables (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, social status, identity, speaking styles) and language / phonetic features (dialect and accent differences). These will be based on close analyses of selected audio-visual materials.