POLSH 420 A: Modern Polish Literature in English

Boyhoods and Girlhoods. The images of Growing Up in the Contemporary East-Central European Cinema

Linklaters "Boyhood"
Meeting Time: 
MW 12:30pm - 2:20pm
THO 202
Marcin Jauksz

Additional Details:

On one hand – Richard Linklater’s recent masterpiece: Boyhood, on the other, positioned as a system of mirrors – the most prominent and interesting Central European films concerned with the topics of growing up and coming of age. The course will be an engaging experience of reading through visual codes of growing up in modern cinema, experiencing most varied film poetics developed by industry beginners as well as by long cherished film authors in the context of cultural, social and political changes of the past two decades.


The course is a chance to

  • to analyze films of the most prominent film authors of Central European Cinema;
  • to get acquainted with the promising beginners in the film industry of the first two decades of the twenty first century; 
  • to recognize selected nations unique film traditions and aesthetic sensibilities reflected in the contemporary filmmaking;
  • to learn to perceive the works of art in the cultural, social and political context;
  • to practice intertextual reading as a means of fuller exploration of a theme or a motif in the contemporary cinema;
  • to confront American filmmaking (not only in the person of Richard Linklater) with the contemporary European practice.
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)
Last updated: 
December 3, 2018 - 9:22pm