POLSH 420 A: Modern Polish Literature In English

Haunted Images: New Polish Cinema and Photography

Course Flyer: 
Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
PAR 106
SLN: 
19504
Instructor: 
Justyna Budzik

Syllabus Description:

Haunted images: new Polish cinema and photography

POLSH 420, SLN 19504, 5 credits VLPA

 

 

Instructor: Justyna Hanna Budzik

Tue & Thu 2.30-4.20 PM, PARRINGTON 106

Office hours: Tue & Thu 1-2.00 PM

The course: What haunts contemporary Polish filmmakers and photographers? What specters of the past and the lost futures of Poland may we encounter in their works, whether they seem realist or surrealist? What are the newest discoveries and successful artistic projects? In class we will study genre films like musicals or thrillers, intimate family dramas, photographic fairy-tales, photojournalistic series. The students will face the exciting challenge to discuss works from the last 15 years. The course will also provide an opportunity to develop practical skills of film and photography analysis and interpretation. We will analyze film sequences, trailers, posters and stills, as well as photography composition and storytelling and its power to create visual metaphors.

 

Teaching statement: Students will be encouraged to participate in the seminars through different activities and tasks assigned in class to facilitate communication and exchange of opinions and ideas. No prior knowledge of Polish culture or art production is expected.

 

After having taken this course you will:

  • Know how to analyze and interpret photographs and films in artistic, social and anthropological contexts
  • Have an overview of the most interesting currents in new Polish cinema and photography
  • Understand what hauntological perspective in culture studies is.

Readings and films: All films required for viewing before class are put on course reserves at the library and have English subtitles. All the readings are available online on canvas, via Jstor link (students must be logged into their UW library account), distributed by the  instructor as printed copy or put on course reserves.

 

Requirements:

  • Follow the reading and viewing schedule and be prepared to discuss assigned texts and films in class
  • 1 short essay (6-7 pages): interpretation of a chosen film, film sequence, poster, trailer, film still, a photograph or a body of photographic works discussed in class – due no later than in week 8
  • Presentation on a chosen recent film or photography work (not necessarily a Polish one) which shows an interesting vision of past or explore an alternative future (15-20 minutes).

Grading:

            Essay: 40%, Presentation: 40%, Participation in class: 20%

 

The syllabus is subject to further change or revisions as needed to best realize the educational goals and meet the students’ needs.

 

Reading and viewing schedule: please refer to Modules for detailed information.

 

Additional Details:

What haunts contemporary Polish filmmakers and photographers? What specters of the past and the lost futures of Poland may we encounter in their works? What are the newest discoveries and successful artistic projects? We will study musicals, thrillers, intimate family dramas, photographic fairy-tales, and photojournalistic series. The course will also provide an opportunity to develop practical skills of film and photography analysis and interpretation. We will analyze film sequences, trailers, posters and stills, as well as photography composition and storytelling and their power to create visual metaphors. Some of the particular topics are: pastiche and kitsch/camp in returning to the past, traditions as a source of nostalgia, childhood memories as a vision of historical past and the (ir)real visions of urban and rural landscape. All films will have English subtitles. After this course students will:

-          Know how to analyze and interpret photographs and films in artistic, social and anthropological contexts

-          Have an overview of the most interesting currents in new Polish cinema and photography 

Catalog Description: 
Representative prose works by leading twentieth-century Polish writers. Polish literature's critique of modern European civilization. The relation of historical memory, collective victimization, and the utopian imagination in Polish literature to political power and national survival.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:30pm