General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Boyhoods And Girlhoods. The Images Of Growing Up In The Contemporary East-Central European Cinema
Language English
Module lecturer dr Marcin Jauksz
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Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology
Semester 2021/2022 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 03-AP-BG


Friday at 8:00, room 220, Collegium Maius.

Module aim (aims)

On one hand – Richard Linklater’s recent masterpiece: Boyhood, on the other, positioned as a system of mirrors – the most prominent and interesting films of the past twenty years 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 and television and some literary projects dealing with the theme. Various 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 will offer an interpretative challenges that we will take on together in class or that participants will deal with individually within the projects of their choosing. The course will be a chance:
• to analyze films of the most prominent contemporary creators;
• 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 immerse oneself into the books and films like Jon Krakauer’s and Sean Penn’s Into the Wild , Jan Komasa’s Szkoła samobójców, Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Daniel Clowes’ and Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, Stephen Chboskys’ The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Sally Rooney’s Normal People and its TV adaptation (among others).

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

At least B1 level command of English, preferably B2.


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