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Voicing the Other: Transgressive Texts, Acts, and Thought. Part I.

Informacje ogólne

Kod przedmiotu: 4018-CW5-CLASS Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 16.9 / (brak danych)
Nazwa przedmiotu: Voicing the Other: Transgressive Texts, Acts, and Thought. Part I.
Jednostka: Wydział "Artes Liberales"
Punkty ECTS i inne: (brak)
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
Rodzaj przedmiotu:


Założenia (opisowo):

Students with a good command of English (B2 or better) are welcome to enrol.

This course is intended for students willing to develop their literary and analytical reading skills. Since the course offers a bulk of selected readings, students must be prepared to find time for self-study.

Skrócony opis:

This course offers instruction in literature in English via close reading of selected texts. Although largely Anglo-American texts will be selected for reading, some European literary, philosophical and theoretical texts will be analysed as well.

Pełny opis:

This course focuses on literary and philosophical works in English against the backdrop of simultaneously developing cultural and historical transformations as well as theoretical schools and methodologies of a given period. The subjects are arranged thematically rather than chronologically (although chronological order is kept if possible) in 3 streams: philosophy, theory, culture + literature + language, to assure interdisciplinary nature of the module. Every class involves teacher instruction and in-depth explanation of the periods and works in question, followed by close-reading of selected texts. Mostly non-canonical texts are offered for reading to do justice to the aspect of otherness and transgression.

After the course completion, students are expected to submit their research papers that are 2500 – 4000 words in length and cover selected aspects discussed at classes.


Primary texts

Ballard, J.G. 2001. Crash. Picador.

Bukowski, Charles. 2007. Women. Ecco.

Burgess, Anthony 1962. A Clockwork Orange. NY and London: Penguin.

Defoe, Daniel. 1993. Moll Flanders. Wordsworth Classics.

Ellis, Bret Easton. 1991. American Psycho. Vintage.

Gibson, William. 1995 (1984). Neuromancer. London: Voyager.

Gombrowicz, Witold. 2010. Pornografia. Trans. D. Borchardt. NY: Grove Press.

Joyce, James 1998. Ulysses. New York: Oxford University Press Inc.

Kerouac, Jack 1975. On the Road. Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books.

Miller, Henry. 2012. Tropic of Cancer. New Orleans: Quaint Press.

Nabokov, Vladimir. 1989. Lolita. New York: Vintage Books.

Pinter, Harold. 1994. The Dumb Waiter. NY: Grove Press.

Palahniuk, Chuck. 2004. Fight Club. W.W. Norton.

De Sade, Marquis. 2006. The 120 Days of Sodom. Wilder Publications.

Sterne, Laurence. 2004. The Life and Opinions of Traistram Shandy, Gentleman. Dover Publications.

Welsh, Irvine 1993. Trainspotting, London: Vintage.

Secondary Texts

Attridge, D. (2004). Peculiar Language. London and New York: Routledge.

Bataille, Georges. 1986. Erotism. City Lights Publishers.

Baudrillard, J. (1994). Simulacra and Simulation. (S. F. Glaser, Trans.) Michigan: The University of Michigan Press.

Broadhurst, S. (1999). Liminal Acts. London and New York: Cassell.

Deleuze, G. (1997, Winter). Literature and Life. Critical Inquiry, 23(2), 225 - 230.

Derrida, J. (1981). Dissemination. (B. Johnson, Trans.) London, NY: Continuum.

Derrida, J. (2004). Deconstruction and the Other. In R. Kearney, Debates in Continental Philosophy: Conversations with Contemporary Thinkers. New York: Fordham University Press.

Derrida, Jacques. “Before the Law” in: Acts of Literature. Ed. Derek Attridge. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Foley, Matt, Neil McRobert, and Aspasia Stephanou. Transgression and Its Limits. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Pub., 2012.

Heidegger, Martin. Being and Time, trans. by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson. London: SCM Press, 1962.

Foucault Michel. “A Preface to Transgression” in: Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews. Trans. D.F. Bouchard and S. Simon. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1977, pp. 29-52.

Foucault, Michel. 2006. History of Madness. NY and London: Routledge.

Kant, Immanuel. Critique of Judgment, Translated by J. H. Bernard, New York: Hafner Publishing, 1951.

Lyotard, J.-F. (1984). The Postmodern Condition. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. 2006. Gay Science. Dover Publications.

Other Texts.

Some primary and secondary philosophical and theoretical texts will be selected from anthologies provided below.


Anthologies and Companions

Cahoone Lawrence. 1996. An Anthology: From Modernism to Postmodernism. Malden, New York. Blackwell Publishers. (Selected readings).

Connor, Steven. 2004. The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism. Cambridge UP. (Selected readings).

Fordoński, Krzysztof. History of English Literature. Poznań: Rebis 2010 (Selected readings).

Rainey Lawrence, 2005. Modernism: An Anthology. Malden and Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (Selected readings).

Sim, Stuart. 2001. The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism. London and NY: Routledge. (Selected readings).

The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Vol 2, NY&London, 2000. (Selected readings).

V. B. Leitch, et al. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. New York and London: W.W. Norton and Company. (Selected readings).


London Review of Books

Times Literary Supplement

BBC Podcasts (accessed from:


Books and Authors.

Great Lives

In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg.

In Our Time: Culture

The Guardian Books

World Book Club

Efekty kształcenia:

After taking this course students will:

- Know basic terminology relevant to literature, history, philosophy, cultural studies, film studies, arts

- Understand relationship between disciplines in arts and humanities

- Acquire fundamental knowledge of central philosophical influences from historical and contemporary perspective

- Be familiar with life and works of major writers, philosophers as well as cultural and historical figures

- Be familiar with basic methods of interpretation of literary, historical and philosophical texts,

- Be able to apply the acquired knowledge in arts, philosophy, history, literature for academic purposes,

- Acquire academic writing skills via research paper writing in English,

- Be able to analyse academic texts in English

- improve their spoken and written English,

- be familiarised with literary and theoretical texts in English as well as their cultural and historical backdrop,

- learn to read and think critically and analytically through close-reading,

- be able extend the above skills to their multiple academic specialisms,

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Assessment is based on attendance (student is entitled to two absences in a semester), performance at classes and graded research paper submission.

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