Zapisy na zajęcia wybieralne w semestrze zimowym 2017/2018


Konwersatoria językoznawcze:

1. Dr P. 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.

2. Prof. J. Waliński:

3. Prof. I. Witczak-Plisiecka: Language Performance: Doing Things With Language
The course covers different examples of “doing things with language”. We start with exploring speech act theory and then move to analysis of real world examples of “making things happen” with the use of language. The topics include: everyday speech acts, such as requesting, complementing, denying, as well as issues connected with free speech and hate speech, which will lead us to legal applications of speech act theory and examples of persuasive linguistic performance in political, and in general social contexts. We will also explore speech act-theoretic potential in the context of teaching English as a foreign language. All issues will be illustrated with real life examples of linguistic performance.

Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze A (brytyjskie):

1. Prof. K. Poloczek: Post-Millennium British Culture: A Contemporary Perspective
The classes shall explore the twenty first century British cultural phenomena (art, film, music, TV series, the role of the Internet and modern technology, etc.) to find out to what extent they (mis)represent the (post) human civilisation at the turn of the century. The interdisciplinary and audio-visual approach is directed to all students who take an interest in the modern English-language world and its meaningful cultural representations.

2. Dr M. 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.

3. Dr T. 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.

4. Dr M. Goszczyńska: Beyond Realism: Developments in Contemporary British Fiction 
The course offers an overview of trends and tendencies present in British fiction of the last 40 years. These will be discussed on the basis of short stories (and occasionally excerpts from novels) by such writers as David Lodge, William Trevor, Kazuo Ishiguro, Graham Swift, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Peter Carey, Angela Carter, Michele Roberts and A.S. Byatt. What the texts have in common is a sceptical attitude towards realism as a way of reflecting the world. They differ, however, in how they choose to subvert the conventions of realistic representation. The average reading load is around 10-15 pages per week.

5. Dr A. Łowczanin: 250 years of the Gothic
During these classes we will explore the Gothic, one of the most enduring modes in European culture, present in our aesthetic imagination since the publication of the first Gothic story in the late 18th century. Gothic has survived for the last 250 years manifesting itself not only in all literary forms, novels, plays and poems, but also in film, music and fashion. It has expanded geographically, claiming ever new territories, from Walpole’s Otranto, Shelley’s Ingolstadt and Stoker’s Transylvania to Rice’s New Orleans, Zafon’s Barcelona and Jarmusch’s Tangier and Detroit. Gothic can be dead serious, revoltingly terrifying but also delightful, and, as recent criticism has it, “witty, sexy, cool.” This course will offer a survey of Gothic developments: we will be reading passages from early Gothic novels, Romantic poems, Frankenstein, ghost stories, and watching films such as Only Lovers Left Alive and Crimson Peak.

Konwersatoria literaturoznawcze B (amerykańskie):

1. Dr J. Fruzińska: The American Short Story
The course will be devoted to a discussion of American short stories from the 19th and 20th centuries. The course is designed to complete students’ previous knowledge of American literary history, showing the development of American literature, exemplified by the short story – a genre both easy and demanding, revealing major changes in American culture and ideas.We will discuss texts by writers such as Poe, Hawthorne, Fitzgerald, or Carver, occasionally watching films based on their works.

2. Dr K. Majer: “A Tree of Night”: 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 American precursors of horror fiction (E. A. Poe, H. P. Lovecraft) and practitioners of the Southern Gothic (W. Faulkner, T. Capote, F. O’Connor) against writers associated with a number of realist traditions (E. Hemingway, R. Carver, A. Munro) and contemporary Canadian proponents of the bizarre (B. Gowdy, B. Gaston), this course is designed to address and explore the dark undercurrent in North American literature.

3. M. Tardi, MFA: 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 course is an exploratory seminar 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, Mary Gaitskill, 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. Prof. Z. Maszewski: The Gothic, The Irrational, The Bizarre
The supernatural and the gothic 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 American culture, and often remain related to issues of otherness, estrangement, marginalization, oppression, gender, sexuality and race. The seminar will focus on the elements evoking emotions of fear and anxiety in the texts of American 19th, 20th and 21st centuries from the perspective of contemporary critical theories. Among the writers whose works will be discussed are: E.A. Poe, Bierce, Lovecraft, Anaya, Robinson, King, and Anne Rice.

5. Prof. J. Maszewska: American Indians in Literature and Film
The course will present the changing image of the American Indians in literature and films. Beginning with 19th century stereotypical portrayals of Indians, for example in the novels of James Fenimore Cooper, the course will move on to more recent presentations of Native Americans in the works by authors of both Indian and non-Indian origin who emerged in the second half of the 20th century.  Among the problems these writers address are: marginalization of Native Americans in contemporary American society, their poverty, lack of education, gender conflicts, and environmental issues. With continual deterioration of the global condition of natural environment, American Indian literature and American literature about Indians insist on a  holistic view of the world. Similar questions are dealt with in recent films about American Indians, such as Smoke Signals based, on Sherman Alexie’s prose.

Przedmiot orientujący A:

1. Prof. K. Kosecki: Culture, Non-Verbal Communication and Translation
The proseminar introduces the concepts of culture, non-verbal communication, and translation. It defines them, focuses on their major elements, and shows how various aspects of culture are reflected in non-verbal communication and translation.
Course contents: definition and elements of culture; space and time in culture; individualism vs. collectivism; definition and elements of non-verbal communication; gestures; signed languages; gestures and signs across cultures; the concept of translation; various forms of equivalence in translation; culture and translation; common translation errors.

2. Prof. W. Pietrzak: Modern(ist) English Literature
The course is devoted to British literature of the modernist period (roughly 1900-1939). We will probe into some of the foundational writers and texts (expats: Eliot, Pound; locals: Lewis, Lawrence, Woolf; the 1930s bunch) as well as at the less-known figures (Aldington, Ford). There will be time to talk about technique, tradition, rebellion, politics, aesthetics, philosophy, science and why the Romantic period got it all wrong. Plenty of close reading of some of the best and most demanding works of literature ever written in the English language.

3. Dr Ł. Salski: Writing: more than a language skill
The course looks at composition and reception of written texts in L1 and L2 from the perspective of psycholinguistics, composition studies, foreign language teaching, and intercultural rhetoric. It deals with practical aspects of writing and writing instruction as well as with the basics of the theory and research in composition studies and foreign language writing. Thus, it can be seen both as support for students’ writing skills development and as introduction to a potential field of a BA or MA thesis.

Przedmiot orientujący B:

1. Dr M. Lachman: Contemporary English and Irish Drama
The aim of the course is to present the most hotly-debated and experimental plays which appeared in the last decade of the twentieth century and at the beginning of the twenty first century. The reading list is composed with the intention to focus on the most significant artistic, literary and cultural phenomena of the period. Students are invited to suggest their own titles as well as issues to be tackled.

2. M. Tardi, MFA: Like Totally ‘80s!: Exploring a Pivotal Decade
Big hair. Big cars. Embarrassing fashion. New Wave music. The AIDS epidemic. MTV. This course is an exploratory seminar which will consider the lasting effects and influences of the 1980s in America through landmark work at the time. The work of prominent figures such as Michael Jackson, John Hughes, Madonna, Alice Walker, Prince, Bret Easton Ellis, Don DeLillo, Bill Cosby, and others will be examined critically and in a wider context. What do the various works reveal about prevailing concerns at the time? What fears persist? How are racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and socioeconomic differences portrayed? What impact can be seen today?

3. Dr A. Wieczorek: Meaning and persuasion in politics and the media
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the main semantic, pragmatic and cognitive approaches to the study 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.
Course content: semantics and semantic relations, pragmatics (speech acts, presupposition, implicature, politeness), cognitive linguistics (conceptual metaphor, conceptual mapping), Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), as well as selected persuasion and manipulation strategies employed in political and media discourse, which will enable students to conduct a thorough analysis of the aforementioned types of discourses, including e.g.: speeches, debates, press conferences, social campaigns, advertising campaigns, newspaper articles, newspaper headlines, etc.

Zajęcia projektowe:

1. dr Joanna Dyła-Urbańska (winter semester), dr Monika Kocot (summer semester) British Culture and Literature in Translation
This two-semester course will offer an interdisciplinary approach to British culture in the context of translation studies. Each class will be devoted to carefully selected themes in British literature, literary criticism, and cultural phenomena with the emphasis on the challenges they offer in the practice of translation. We will be reading, discussing and translating texts concerning problems of the contemporary society (issues of gender, ethnicity, identity, multiculturalism and globalisation, consumerism,  (higher) education, politics, the arts etc.) The course aims to give students training in the various skills needed by translators so we will carefully analyse the source language texts, discuss appropriate translation strategies and techniques within the given context, explain and justify translation solutions and concentrate on problems of editing a translated text.
Students are expected to 1) actively participate in class discussions, 2) create their own project which will consist in translating a few short texts of culture (poetry, short story, essay, newspaper article, film scene, etc.) as well as producing a relatively short theoretical text related to the challenges of the translated texts.
The knowledge of Polish is required for taking this course.

2. Dr K. Ojrzyńska / K. King MA: Drama, Theatre, Film, and Media

Semester 1 “Documentary Film” (Kevin King)
This course explores the short documentary, a form that has grown exponentially with technological advances in digital cameras, smart phones and editing software. Students will learn the history and criteria that documentary practice shares with parallel fields such as journalism, fictional narrative and fine art. Utilizing the techniques and structure of effective short documentaries, students will create their own digital short. Students complete assignments in preparation for the documentary short. These include the Documentary Proposal and first Interview Reel. Students will be required to show progress during the term with further Footage. In addition, Students will make (alone or in groups of 2-4) a short Digital Documentary of 6-12 minutes for a group presentation at the end of the term.
Semester 2 “Creative Writing for the Stage” (Katarzyna Ojrzyńska)
This course is designed to help students turn their enthusiasm for performing arts into the craft of playwriting. Combining textual analysis and practical creative tasks, it gives them an opportunity to examine how plays work and to develop their creative potential and independence. The focus of the course is on the critical and practical understanding of drama. The course covers such aspects of playwriting as: writing dialogues and monologues, using silence and music, opening a play, developing a character, constructing a plot outline, etc. It also includes a short introduction to contemporary methods of performance-making, such as devising. During the course, students will be asked to complete a wide range of short writing exercises and discuss their own work and that of others. They will also be encouraged to create their own short play.

3. Dr M. Myk / Dr K. Majer: Topics in American Literature, Culture and Society (with elements of translation)
Semester I (dr Małgorzata Myk): The course covers selected aspects of text analysis and translation of a broad spectrum of texts representative of literature and culture of the United States (and Canada) in the context of a variety of resources relevant for the translation of such texts. The following texts are analyzed and translated in the scope of the course: 1) literary texts representing different literary genres (excerpts from short stories, novels, poems) 2) texts representative of contemporary American culture and popular culture (newspaper and magazine pieces, reviews, brochures and catalogues that offer documentation of cultural and artistic events 3)  academic texts (e.g. articles, essays, including academic articles and conference presentations) 4) other selected resources related to contemporary American (and Canadian) culture and society. Moreover, the course covers a range of issues connected to literary and artistic translation studies and the work of a translator: 1) theory and practice of literary and artistic translation 2) competence of a literary translator 3) text analysis for literary and artistic translation purposes 4) genre conventions versus translation 5) writer’s style versus translation 6) contemporary trends in literary and artistic translation (such as feminist translation, or the so called transformance).
Semester II (dr Krzysztof Majer): In the second semester particular attention is paid to literary translation. In this context, the course features discussions of strategies such as compensation, domestication or foreignization, as well as other issues, such as representing literary minimalism, translation of stylistic polyvocality or ways of dealing with unmarked quotations. The students work with a series of short forms or excerpts from longer ones (the examples are mostly culled from works previously untranslated into Polish). The texts have been selected so as to illustrate particular translation problems (e.g. the cumbersome inflexion when translating first-person-plural narration or deliberately lowered register).

4. Prof. A. Kwiatkowska / Dr M. Hinton
Semester 1: A workbook based on online resources
The project which the group will be working on this semester will be a workbook of ideas and exercises which could be used as an aid in teaching concepts in semantics/ stylistics/ semiotics/ communication. The point of departure will be the questions: What can you do with the resources found on the Internet – how can they be employed in teaching linguistics-related courses?  What can you teach using them?  The students will work as a team, generating and developing ideas and information to apply them to the project task.
Semester 2: Words, Symbols and Arguments in Advertising and Public Information Campaigns.
This course begins with a brief discussion of the theory of the language, use of image and logical structure of advertising in various forms: printed, audio and video. Numerous examples will then be examined and discussed in class. Students will then present analysis of advertising material chosen by themselves for class discussion. The second half of the course will focus on the main assessed project: the creation of an advertising/information campaign to be presented and defended in class.

5. & 6. Dr P. Pęzik: Corpus tools and resources for the analysis of naturally-occuring discourse
This course introduces a number of corpus-based tools and resources for the analysis and exploration of naturally-occurring English discourse. Students will use dedicated corpus search engines and corpus annotation software to gain insights into the use and functions pf phraseological units. The following corpus-based project choices will be offered:
a) Conduct and report a corpus study of conventionality and idiomaticity in samples of non-native spoken English. Students will first record and time-align spontaneous interviews with non-native speakers of English. These transcriptions will then be annotated for native and non-native usages of discourse relating devices and phraseological units. The annotations will be verified against reference corpora of Polish learner and native English. The results will be reported as in-class presentations.
b) Conduct and report a corpus study of conventionality and idiomaticity in samples of native spoken English. Students will be required to transcribe samples of native English spoken discourse. They will then annotate the transcriptions examples for usages of conventionalized discourse relating devices and phraseological units. The annotations will be verified against reference corpora English. The results will be reported as in-class presentations.
c) Conduct and report a snapshot analysis of news values in a large corpus of Polish and English-language news reports. Students will use open-ended monitor corpus search engines to identify and classify newsworthiness criteria which account for the observed popularity of certain news stories. The results will be reported as in-class presentations. 


Seminaria licencjackie:

1. Dr K. Ojrzyńska: Encounters with the Other
The seminar focuses on the notion of the Other. It investigates the ways in which this concept has found application in such areas of research as women’s studies (Simone de Beauvoir), postcolonialism (Edward Said), cultural disability studies (Rosemarie Garland-Thomson), as well as transhumanism and posthumanism (Donna Haraway). The students will examine various representations and explorations of the Other in a number of literary texts and other texts of culture, ranging from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to Stelarc’s transhumanist art. The course will give them a thorough theoretical framework to build upon and an opportunity to address problems related to cultural representations of the Other in their BA theses.

2. Prof. K. Poloczek: Culture, Modern Civilisation and Nature in Contemporary British Fiction, Film and Art
The B.A. seminar aims to examine the interconnectedness of the cultural and natural world, perceived as co-existing side by side rather than as opposed and contrasted. The critical analysis of the most influential British (and English-language) literary, cinematographic and visual works will focus in-depth on the challenging problems of the modern technology and its significant impact upon one’s way of thinking, speaking and one’s creative output. Applying an interdisciplinary approach, the changing representation of the natural world will be studied in relation to the specific literary, social and cultural context. Apart from the regular feedback on the monitored and guided academic writing process, students will receive additional information concerning further critical reading, the relevant theoretical background, as well as the principles of academic discourse. They will learn how to organise and conduct their own research and how to prepare correctly the complete and thorough documentation of the academic sources. The seminar will enable undergraduates to enhance their analytic, creative and interpretive skills, necessary for writing a good B.A. thesis.

3. Dr A. Piechucka: Women in American Modernism
The seminar is intended as an overview of how women and femininity are represented in American literary modernism, the period which saw considerable changes in the roles of women and traditional perception of the sexes, culminating in the emergence of the New Woman. Modernism also saw the emergence of numerous interesting women writers who, sadly, are not always included in basic American literature course syllabi. The focus of the seminar will not, however, be on women’s literature only. To make the scope of the syllabus as comprehensive as possible, it seems advisable to take into consideration the points of view of both sexes and, consequently, to include texts by both male and female authors. The reading list encompasses works by key representatives of high modernism, such as Ernest Hemingway or T.S. Eliot, as well as authors whom the students have not yet encountered during their course of study such as Mina Loy. The overall aim of the course is to deepen the students’ knowledge of American modernist literature and help them look at it from new perspectives. The students who choose the seminar will be encouraged, though by no means forced, to opt for BA thesis topics to do with women and femininity in American literature and culture.

4. Dr P. Ostalski: Sounds and Mind - English Phonology
The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with phonology as a separate branch of linguistics and its various schools, such as structuralism, natural phonology, generative phonology or optimality theory. It additionally aims at preparing students for conducting a phonological research project as part of their B.A. thesis. The course will focus on both the history of phonology but also its modern applications in English and Polish.

5. Dr. M. Hinton: Argumentation, Persuasion, and the Nature of Language
In this seminar we shall discuss some of the most important areas in argumentation theory, such as argumentation schemes, the theory of fallacies, and the role of emotive and evaluative language in argument, with a view to the development of advanced critical thinking skills. These skills will then be applied to a range of topics including analysis of the persuasive discourse found in politics, advertising and academic writing, as well as consideration of issues fundamental to the nature of linguistics and language itself. The seminar will also provide advice on turning original thinking into a solid research project; it is, therefore, ideal preparation for writing a thesis in the areas of argumentation, persuasive discourse, philosophy of language, and general linguistics.

6. Dr W. Szubko-Sitarek: Developing Materials for Language Teaching
This seminar will cover a variety of topics related to developing materials for teaching English as a foreign language. Issues discussed will range from evaluation and adaptation of materials, principles and procedures of materials development to developing materials for target groups and developing specific types of materials. This course will not only help pre-service teachers to develop useful expertise as materials developers. It can also help them to articulate and develop their own theories of language learning and teaching, to develop skills which can enable them to apply these theories to practice and to develop personal attributes which can help them to become more confident and positive people and more effective teachers too (Tomlinson, 2008). Participants will design their own teaching materials and will conduct a small-scale research study.

7. Dr M. Deckert: Audiovisual Translation
The seminar provides an overview of the basic theoretical and practical notions of Audiovisual Translation, as embedded within Translation Studies. Students will get to know different research methods, tools and theoretical frameworks. An important objective is to make participants aware of the idiosyncrasies of AVT modes, and enable participants to identify factors behind the translator’s decisions as well as to recognise decision-making patterns. The seminar will also focus on the very process of structuring and writing the BA thesis, e.g. data selection/collection/processing, hypothesis formulation, referencing, register, text editing.

8. Prof. P. Cap: Pragmatics and Critical Discourse Analysis
This 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 within the following subfields:
- application of linguistic pragmatics in the analysis of real-life discourse (language of politics and the media; advertising; social communication; misunderstandings; humor, etc.)
- status of pragmatics in relation to sociolinguistics, anthropology, social psychology, cognitivism and culture studies
- methodology of pragmatic investigation and parameters of analysis (deixis, presupposition, implicature, speech acts)
- implementation of pragmatic awareness in foreign language teaching