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. Dr J. Waliński
1. Prof. K. Poloczek:
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:
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. Prof. W. Pietrzak
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.
4. Prof. K. Kosecki
1. Dr J. Dyła-Urbańska: Topics in Postcolonial Literature
The course will be devoted to a discussion of major topics in postcolonial literature written in English. We will read and discuss literary texts varying from Shakespeare’s The Tempest to contemporary Indo-Anglian novel, focusing on such key postcolonial concepts as, among others, identity, hybridity, migration and translation in an attempt to outline and explore major themes of postcolonial fiction. The reading list will include short stories and fragments of novels by such authors as Jean Rhys, Andrea Levy, Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi and J.M. Coetzee.
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 P. Pęzik:
4. D A. Kwiatkowska
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:
3. Dr P. Ostalski:
4. Dr M. Hinton:
5. Dr W. Szubko-Sitarek:
6. Dr M. Deckert