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Polish Studies at Polish Studies at Webster University
Webster University is a private, nonprofit, accredited University located in Webster Groves, a picturesque suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1915, it enrolls some 22,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its many campuses across the United States, Europe, China and Thailand.
Polish Study Courses
FORL 2150 01
Topics in Culture: Banned in Poland: Film, Music, Literature
This course will offer an overview of banned art in Poland between 1945 and the present. We
will contemplate the idea of political and religious censorship in literature, film, and music. We
will concentrate on Polish art but also mention the Western European and Russian art that was
banned in Poland. Students will watch and discuss such films as Bugajski's Interrogation,
Skolimowski's Hands Up, or Kijowski's Kung-Fu or Kawalerowicz's Mother Joan of the
Angels, which were shelved for decades or considered "not welcome". The course will give the
students an opportunity to analyze the poetry of Milosz, excerpts of Toranska's book They
published underground in the 1980s, as well as articles from the Polish exile magazine in Paris
Culture (among others by Jezioranski). We will be introduced to Polish jazz – banned after
WW II and strongly associated with political views of the West. We will listen to original pieces
by Komeda composed for Polish films of the '60s. Students will also compare Polish and
American censored topics and their cultural origin. COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Bachminska, E.
Topics in Culture: Gdansk: Culture of Nobel Laureates
An in-depth study into the culture of society and changes made by Polish Nobel Laureates. Poetry and prose from centuries past to journalism and electronic technological correspondence are studied in order to understand the impact of these thinkers and writers in life and death struggles of historic proportion. Gdansk shipyards are the staging of an academic journey into the world of Solidarity and Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa to encompass culture and literature. Polish Nobel Laureates in Literature shape a nation and the world.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: West C.
This course is intended for beginners. It stresses oral communication and every day vocabulary useful while traveling to Poland, the country of Chopin and Copernicus. Students will learn how to do shopping and talk about their hobbies. The course will also introduce Polish culture through Polish music and haiku.
This course is intended for those who would like to sharpen their Polish language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Oral communication and fun are stressed. We are going to learn how to order food in a restaurant and write letters in Polish.
Adjunct Faculty, Department of International Languages and Cultures, Webster University
M.A., Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 2001
Phone: ... / Fax: ... / E-Mail: ewabachminska-AT-hotmail.com
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