UWAGA: W czasie nieobecności dr Marty Mamet-Michalkiewicz wszystkie planowane zajęcia będą odbywać się zgodnie z harmonogramem z zastępującymi ją wykładowcami.

Moduły do wyboru 2018/2019

Studia stacjonarne I stopnia


1.) 3 rok specjalność kultura-media-translacja: „LITERATURA/KULTURA” 15 godzin wykłady, 30 godzin ćwiczenia

dr Marcin Mazurek
Utopia i dystopia w literaturze, filmie i teorii
Utopia and Dystopia in Literature, Film and Theory
The module’s purpose is to analyse selected examples of both literary and cinematic utopias and dystopias in view of their conceptual assumptions and – in case of utopias – their failures resulting in blurring the boundary between utopian ideals and dystopian, or anti-utopian outcomes. The texts and films under scrutiny include both classic literary representations and contemporary visions, which are all located within relevant theoretical contexts, including dystopian undertones in particular theoretical approaches.

dr hab.Eugenia Sojka
This interdisciplinary course is designed to explore literary and cultural texts ( including film and visual arts) of several minority groups in Canada with reference to changing mythologies of Canadianness. It focuses on dominant Canadian narratives of nationhood and their distinctiveness within the North American model.
dr hab. Eugenia Sojka
The course is designed to acquaint students with Canadian diasporic and Indigenous intercultural drama, theatre and performance and provide critical tools for the analysis of various types of interculturality. Texts selected for discussion will be grouped into the following categories: re-appropriation of canonical works, celebration of transculturality, dialogue of aesthetic traditions and performing intercultural memory.

2.) 3 rok specjalność kultura-media-translacja: „ MEDIA” 15 godzin wykłady, 30 godzin ćwiczenia
dr Karolina Lebek
The course is devoted to the exploration of the phenomenon of the aesthetic form of the weird in contemporary literature, film, and TV of the fantastic and speculative inclination. Defined by the presence of things strange, unknown, disturbing and suggestive of monstrosity, the weird is a flexible and liquid form, accommodating instances of cosmic horror, the supernatural, the grotesque and the absurd. Therefore, the course maps the weird in the context of such genres and modes as horror, fantasy, the gothic and science fiction, tracing its roots to the late 19th century/ early 20th century in the short stories of such writers as Algernon Blackwood, M.P. Shiel, Ambrose Bierce, Robert Chambers, Arthur Machen, William Hope Hodgeson and, most significantly, H.P. Lovecraft. Moving on to contemporary culture, the course discusses selected weird works and theories of the weird offered by, among others, Thomas Ligotti, Jeff VanderMeer, China Mieville Michael Cisco, Kathe Koja, Caitlin Kiernan, Kelly Link as well as films, art and TV series inspired by their work. The assigned texts for the course will consist mostly of short stories and visual materials.

dr hab. Eugenia Sojka
The course is devoted to the postcolonial / decolonial analysis of cinematic discourses by selected Canadian filmmakers of Indigenous background. The first part of the course focuses on the examination of various types of colonial mis/representation of Aboriginal people in the mainstream American photography and film, and then it proceeds to the exploration of self-representation by Indigenous artists in films which aim at decolonizing the traditional ethnographic, Hollywood and other problematic representations of American Aboriginal people.

mgr Ewa Wylężek
Course Title: THEORY OF GAMES, PLAY, AND CARNIVAL/ Teoria gier, zabawy i karnawału
Class Description:
The module introduces the fundamental concepts of game and play theory as well as an examination of the concept of carnival and the relations between them. Students will learn about the differences and similarities between the phenomena as well as study the characteristics and tools games, play, and carnival include and use. The course will consider the social and cultural significance of ludicity and the emergence of homo ludens. Philosophical theories of play and games should be examined with special attention drawn to aspects such as, fate/chance, power, identity, carnivalesque, magic circle, alea, agon, mimicry, vertigo.

The seminar portion of this course will build upon the ideas explored in lecture, albeit with an eye towards case studies inspired by computer games and other texts of culture. The written assignment will have as its aim an analysis of a chosen cultural phenomenon.

mgr Ewa Wylężek
Course Title: A Survey of North American Cinema / Kino Pólnocnoamerykańskie
Class Description:
This two-part course will address the development of North American cinema, specifically by positioning it as a unique site of expression, debate, inclusion/exclusion, consensus, and, of course, cultural negotiation.

The lecture portion of this course will investigate North America’s cinematic history, specifically by relating it to notions of power, technology, identity, and nationhood. We will subsequently ponder how one hundred and twenty years of North American cinema, in the sense of production, transmission, and consumption, has played a unique role in the continuous formation, reception, and negotiation of those notions. Specific cinematic examples that we will contextually investigate include The Kid, The Phantom of the Opera, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Double Indemnity, On The Waterfront, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Graduate, Jaws, Back to the Future, Boyz n the Hood, American Beauty, and WALL-E. By the conclusion of this course students ought to be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of North American culture via the lens of cinema. Students should equally be able to identify and expound upon the social movements, technological developments, governmental influence, and capitalist motivations that have played a role in establishing this cinematic history.

The seminar portion of this course will build upon the ideas explored in lecture, albeit with an eye towards cinematic adaptions of classic North American novels and plays. Our seminar time will be dedicated to theories of adaptation, the major differences between cinema and literary texts, strategies for altering literary texts for the cinematic medium, factors that influence the adaptation process, and why specific texts have been optioned for cinematic development.

dr hab. Leszek Drong
Irish Film and Literature
(20th century)
This course offering interweaves films and readings in order to vary the range of cutural texts concerned with Irish history and social issues which have informed and inspired Irish artists. The key theme to be explored throughout the course is that of representation and art's capacity to convey a truth about our experience of reality.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), dir. Ken Loach
Brooklyn (2015), dir. John Crowley
Breakfast on Pluto (2005), dir. Neil Jordan
Some Mother's Son (1996), dir. Terry George
'71 (2014), dir. Yann Demange
Five Minutes of Heaven (2009), dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel
Philomena (2013), dir. Stephen Frears

dr Tomasz Gnat

  • Module title: Cyberculture – social, cultural and economic context of the Internet.
    Nazwa modułu: Cyberkultura – społeczny, kulturowy i ekonomiczny kontekst Internetu.
    The purpose of the module is to outline and investigate the fundamental change in the way we conceptualize and experience our world, the change directly related to the emergence of global communication networks. The basic premise of this module is that the global spread of information and communication technology (ICT), is both a sign of the postmodern era and the premiss for that era of intensive worldwide interactions of people and exchanges of goods, services, information, and capital. As such, the following topics will be covered during the module: crisis of the old, emergence of the new media, economy and business ethics of new media, the cultural effects of new media, transparency, privacy and information gathering in the context of new media, Fair Use, regulation of new media and the effects of social media.

Szanowni Państwo,


informujemy, że począwszy od 13 marca prowadzone będą zajęcia w zastępstwie za dr hab. Agnieszkę Pośpiech. Zajęcia odbywać się będą zgodnie z aktualnym harmonogramem.

Marta Mamet-Michalkiewicz odwołuje zajęcia dydaktyczne w dniu 10 listopada,

Moduły do wyboru


Studia II stopmia, 2 rok


Specjalność kultura i literatura ang. obszaru językowego: ZAGADNIENIA KULTURY WSPÓŁCZESNEJ


Dr Julia Szołtysek


The course concentrates on several prominent 20th and 21st century travel writers and the journeys they undertook and described in their works. Whereas most of them were generally well-behaved and compassionate, the selection includes an example of one notoriously improper and incorrigible traveller who unashamedly took pleasure in the power his position and background permitted him to exert over the ‘natives’ he encountered, while at the same taking due credit for promoting North African culture and literature. The aim of the course is threefold: to familiarise the students with some of the best examples of travel accounts written in English; to introduce the basic tenets of travel writing and the building blocks of travel discourses; and finally, to promote a broader understanding of cultural differences and the role they continue to play in identity formation.



Specjalność Amerykanistyka:  SPOŁECZEŃSTWO WIELOKULTUROWE – wykład monograficzny


Dr Agnieszka Woźniakowska


The lecture focuses on American drama in the 20th century. Its aim is to present and examine selected plays in their historical, social and cultural context. It will discuss changes which have taken place in American theatre and drama from the first decade of the 20th century to the present day. Playwrights whose dramas will be discussed include Eugene O’Neill, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, David Mamet, Woody Allen.



Moduły do wyboru 2017/2018

Studia stacjonarne I stopnia

3 rok specjalność kultura-media-translacja: „LITERATURA/KULTURA”


1. Dr Julia Szołtysek

Modernists and their ‘Orients’ – Representations of East/West Encounters in English-language literature

The course focuses on Modernist English-language writers who travelled and/or lived in the Middle East. The aim of the course is to expand students’ knowledge of English-language literature, with special emphasis on the authors’ relationships to the lands and spaces they wrote about, and the motivations behind their engagement. The texts analysed include works by Vita Sackville-West (Passenger to Teheran), Gertrude Bell (excerpts from Persian Pictures), Lawrence Durrell (excerpts from The Alexandria Quartet), Paul Bowles (The Sheltering Sky), and Rose Macaulay (The Towers of Trebizond). By placing the authors and their texts in specific cultural, historical, and political contexts, the course will help students to better understand the complexities and contradictions inherent in ‘exotic’ travel, and, by extension, some of (mis)conceptions informing today’s discourses on Western representations of the Orient.


2. Dr hab. Paweł Jędrzejko


Moduł, którego ośrodkowym tekstem jest trylogia Gwiezdnych Wojen George’a Lucasa, poświęcony jest analizie motywów przewodnich kultury amerykańskiej, które determinują unikatowość Ameryki jako swoistego intelektualnego projektu. Moduł odwołuje się do kilku kanonicznych dzieł literatury (The Declaration of Independence, The Leatherstocking Tales,  „Nature”, Moby Dick, literatura Beatników) oraz popularnych obrazów filmowych (Godzilla, The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance, Matrix), a prowadzona w jego ramach dyskusja oscylować będzie wokół „typów” bohatera (tzw. „American types”) w odniesieniu do takich kwestii, jak wolność jednostki, dychotomia „terytorium/stan”, amerykański ekscepcjonalizm, amerykański Transcendentalizm, zwrot ku kulturom Wschodu w kontekście dziewiętnastowiecznych i dwudziestowieczny kryzysów wiary oraz relacja pomiędzy wymogami rynku i twórczością artystyczną (ekonomia a sztuka).


3 rok specjalność kultura-media-translacja: „ MEDIA”


  1. 1.Dr Tomasz Gnat

Module title: Cyberculture – social, cultural and economic context of the Internet.

The purpose of the module is to outline and investigate the fundamental change in the way we conceptualize and experience our world, the change directly related to the emergence of global communication networks. The basic premise of this module is that the global spread of information and communication technology (ICT), is both a sign of the postmodern era and the premise for that era of intensive worldwide interactions and exchanges of people, goods, services, information, and capital. As such, the following topics will be covered during the module: crisis of the old, emergence of the new media, economy and business ethics of new media,  the cultural effects of new media, transparency, privacy and information gathering in the context of new media, Fair Use, regulation of new media, the effects of social media and interactive entertainment. 



1. dr Justin Michael Battin, mgr Ewa Wylężek - A Survey of North American Cinema

2. dr hab. Jacek Mydla - The Contemporary Mystery and Suspense Thriller

3. dr hab. Małgorzata Nitka - The Victorian Novel In Context

4. dr hab. Rafał Borysławski - The Feminine, the Monstrous and the Supernatural in the English Middle Ages



1. dr Bartosz Stopel - American Counterculture

2. dr Justin Michael Battin, mgr Ewa Wylężek  - A Survey of North American Cinema



1. dr Justin Michael Battin, mgr Ewa Wylężek - A Survey of North American Cinema  

2. dr hab. Rafał Borysławski - The Demise of Gods? English and Scandinavian Literature of the Viking Age in Mythographic Contexts 

Seminaria dyplomowe 2017/2018:

Opisy seminariów dyplomowych w języku angielskim



This B.A. seminar will address the multifaceted relationship between cultural memory/memories in the United States and electronic media, conceived as both technological artifacts and as consumable texts. Students are invited to propose projects that position cultural memory as a multidimensional process that is formed, influenced, and negotiated via our everyday, recursive engagement with electronic media. Students are also encouraged to propose projects that investigate the impact of content creators, distribution outlets, regulatory agencies, audience(s), nostalgia, and/or the acute desire for regional/national preservation in relation to everyday media consumption. Potential topics to use as a starting point could include:

- Saturday Night Live and the Depiction of American Presidents

- Star Wars and the Resurgence of Binary Politics in the 1980s

- Feminism and the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999)

- Subscription Programming (HBO) and the Acquisition of Cultural Capital

- Back to the Future and Nostalgia

- Cinema’s Response to Television’s Emergence in the 1950s

Students will be expected to narrow their proposed topics following in-class discussions and an initial literature review.


Dr Anna Chromik: Visual arts / poetry / theory

Critical art strategies and their theoretical background are the focus of this hybrid seminar on art & poetry interpretation in the context of critical theory. The scope of interest of this seminar includes 20th century’s as well as contemporary art and poetry that critically engage issues of memory, power relations, modernity, gender, ethnicity and class. The requirement for the projects is to analyse selected texts and works of art in the context of ‘canonical’ critical theory texts in order to discuss about how artists challenge the power dynamics of their contemporary culture. A hesitant list of issues addressed by the course include: representations of femininity and motherhood; modernity / order / violence / the Holocaust; construction of meaning; constructions of gender; the body and power: frail / excluded bodies; strategies of memory and the obsession of the archive; site-specific and site-sensitive performance works, commodification of trauma, and others. Projects dealing with cinema and computer games will not be accepted.



The focus of the seminar is on the manifestations of the non-real in contemporary texts of culture (literature, TV shows, film) in the light of literary theory and critical theory. These forms include such modes as fantasy, science fiction, climate change fiction, new weird, or horror. In particular, the seminar will explore strategies of world-building and storytelling in the construction of fantastic and extrapolated worlds as well as the rhetorical and critical engagement of such worlds with contemporary culture (myth studies, monster theory, aesthetic theory, narrative theory, the weird tale, material culture, animal studies and ecocriticism). The more detailed BA topics within the above framework will depend on students’ individual choices, but may concern specific texts of culture or specific problems and themes that will be examined across different texts and media.



This seminar is addressed to students who are interested in contemporary English literatures and cultures and also to students who are interested in translation studies. The purpose of this seminar is to invite students to examine literary texts in the light of literary theory, cultural studies and translation studies. hnic culture as well as to explore complex issues of immigrant experience in the United States. The areas of research may include but will not be limited to:

- multiculturalism

- globalization

 - immigration

 - ethnicity

 - exile

 - diaspora

 - home and belonging

 - translation in culture

 - literary translation

 - (in)fidelity in translation



The seminar’s primary focus will be on aspects of narrativity and storytelling as manifest across various medium-specific environments such as movies, video games, tv shows, literature, graphic novels, etc. The suggested list of topic includes (but is not limited to):

 -ways of meaning-making in particular media

 -fictionality and worldbuilding

 -narrative theory

 -narrative tropes, structures, prototypes

 Issues concerning experientiality of narratives:

 -affect, empathy and emotions in the experience of narrative

 -narration and cognition

 -utility of stories


Apart from the above, the seminar gladly invites students interested in other, related areas, such as video games studies, cinema, popular culture, literary theory, art theory or more traditional literary studies.

Serdecznie zapraszamy wszystkich studentów i sympatyków Instytutu Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych do polubienia naszego profilu na facebooku!

Adres: https://www.facebook.com/ikila.us.edu/

Classes and office hours are cancelled on October 20, 2016 from 8.00 to 12.00.

Tom pt. Urban amazement stanowi próbę interdyscyplinarnego spojrzenia, łączącego w sobie element teorii literatury, kultury oraz architektury na problematykę przestrzeni miejskiej, skupiając się na oszałamiającej różnorodności miasta. Monografia podejmuje problematykę miejskości i urbanistycznej różnorodności w ujęciu komparatystycznej refleksji kulturoznawczej, literaturoznawczej, filozoficznej i teoretycznej. Poszczególne teksty zajmują się materiałem literackim, filmowym oraz kwestiami teoretycznymi, natomiast w ujęciu chronologicznym skupiają się na problematyce miejskiej począwszy od wczesnego średniowiecza po czasy współczesne.

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