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Summer Semester, 1hr lecture, 2x2hrs of tutorial per week, 1+3+2E=6 ECTS credits

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Summer Semester, 1hr lecture, 2x2hrs of tutorial per week, 1+3+2E=6 ECTS credits

PREREQUISITES: completion of the courses on British poetry, drama, and novel to the 20th Century.

FORMAT: lecture and tutorial/discussion.

CONTENT: The course is a survey of modern English novel, drama and poetry. Novel-related themes under discussion include symbolism, impressionism, and stream of consciousness in Modernist fiction; Anti­utopian literature; Angry young men; Realistic vs. Postmodernist fiction: individual and society, new narrative methods, magical realism; new literatures in English; literary theories in application to critical analysis. In the modern drama section the focus is on the most outstanding dramatists and their share in both the continuation of older dramatic forms and subject matters as well as their new achievements. The main themes examined are: idea-plays; the rise of Irish theatre; verse-drama; Angry Young Men and Kitchen Sink Drama; the theatre of the Absurd and its offshoots; the theatre of Violence. The following concepts are discussed extensively: literary and theatrical theory of drama, kinds of imagery in drama, metatheatre. Video tapes are used and differences between the stage and video/film versions are analysed. The survey of the twentieth century poetry includes the following topics: First World War Poets; Imagism and Symbolism; Varieties of Modernism (Yeats, Eliot); Poetry of the Thirties; Dylan Thomas and The New Apocalypse; The Movement (Larkin) and reaction against it (Hughes, Plath); Poetry from Northern Ireland; Martian Poets.


Reference books:

  1. Malcolm Bradbury, The Modern British Novel

  2. David Lodge, The Art of Fiction

  3. Andrew Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature

  4. Raman Selden, Practising Theory and Reading Literature

  5. The Penguin History of Literature, vol. 7

  6. books and essays on individual writers


  1. Henry James. Daisy Miller (The Ambassadors)

  2. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Lord Jim)

  3. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers (Women in Love)

  4. Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (To the Lighthouse)

  5. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, Dubliners

  6. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

  7. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty­Four

  8. William Golding, Lord of the Flies

  9. Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim

  10. Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory (The Heart of the Matter)

  11. John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman

  12. Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber (Nights at the Circus)

  13. David Lodge, Changing Places

  14. Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

Dramatic works:

  1. G. B. Shaw: Mrs Warren's Profession, St Joan

  2. W. B. Yeats: Cathleen ni Houlihan

  3. J. M. Synge: Playboy of the Western World

  4. S. O'Casey: Juno and the Paycock

  5. T. S. Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral

  6. Arnold Wesker: Chicken Soup with Barley

  7. John Osborne: Look Back in Anger

  8. Edward Bond: Lear

  9. Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot

  10. Harold Pinter: The Room

  11. Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

  12. J. R. Taylor: Anger and After, The Second Wave

  13. Martin Esslin: The Theatre of the Absurd

  14. Ruby Cohn: Currents in Contemporary Drama, Retreats from Realism in Recent English Drama

  15. Bolesław Taborski: Nowy teatr Elżbietański


  1. Wilfred Owen: Dulce et Decorum Es

  2. Yeats: Easter 1916; The Second Coming; Sailing to Byzantium

  3. Eliot: Song The Love of J.Alfred Prufrock; The Waste Land

  4. W.H.Auden: Musee des Beaux Arts; The Shield of Achilles

  5. Dylan Thomas: This Bread I Break; Do not go gentle into that good night

  6. Philip Larkin: Church Going; High Windows

  7. Ted Hughes: Hawk Roosting; The Thought-Fox

  8. Sylvia Plath: Lady Lazarus

  9. Seamus Heaney: Digging; The Tollund Man; Punishment

  10. Craig Raine: Sends a Postcard A Martian Home

  11. David Perkins: A History of Modern Poetry

  12. Alex Preminger (ed.): Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics

  13. Ian Hamilton (ed.): The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry

  14. Edward Lucie-Smith: British Poetry since 1945

  15. Neil Corcoran: English Poetry since 1940

  16. Geoffrey Leech: A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry

ASSESSMENT: A grade based on class participation and written assignments. Final exam.


Second Year

American Literature 1

Summer Semester, 2hrs of lecture, 2 hrs of tutorial per week, 2+2=4 ECTS credits

TEACHERS: lecture: senior Polish faculty; tutorial: Polish staff and visiting American faculty.

FORMAT: lecture and tutorial.

CONTENT: Varieties of colonial writings in English. The Puritan impact, its cultural and esthetic significance. American cultural centers and cultural polarities in the seventeenth century. Development of prose genres - varieties of the novel, the short story. Major figures of the American Renaissance. The 19th century literary establishment, literary magazines, publishing business, popular authors. The change in the cultural and literary scene after the Civil War: literary regions; rise and flourishment of realism. Naturalism and the American literary scene at the turn of the centuries. The pull of Europe, early expatriates.


  1. Bradford/Winthrop, Bradstreet/Taylor, Cotton Mather, Sewall;

  2. Edwards, Franklin, Crevecoeur;Freneau, Brockden Brown; Cooper,Irving;

  3. Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson;

  4. Twain, Howells, James; Crane, Dreiser;

  5. Robinson, Frost.

  6. Richard Ruland and Malcolm Bradbury: From Puritanism to the Postmodernism

OBJECTIVES: The purpose is to give, in the lecture course, an overview of the development of American literature from the its beginnings to the present. On the other hand, the class reading/discussion sessions provide the opportunity to get acquainted with important works by American authors and to develop topics covered by the lectures through discussions and analysis of literary texts. The whole course aims at giving rudimentary knowledge of the historical development of American literature.

ASSESSMENT: Student’s grade at the end of that semester is based on lecture/class attendance, participation in class discussions, class presentation , a term paper and/or mid- term test.


Second Year

British History 2

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