Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2nd REAL Student Symposium 2015

The 2nd Re-Examining American Literature Student Symposium devoted to “Narration and Storytelling: the Death of the Narrative” took place on the 21st of March. The event was organized by The American Studies Scholarly Circle Book Lovers Among Students (BLASt) at the Faculty of English. There were five thematically-oriented sessions: Voices and Visions, Storytelling and Identity, Narration and Postcolonial Condition, Narratives and Representation as well as Storytelling and Mythology. Our key speaker was dr hab. Paweł Stachura from Adam Mickiewicz University who gave a magnificent lecture entitled: Screenwriting Gurus and Precession of Simulacra. Our delegates came from Adam Mickiewicz University, University of Silesia, Szczecin University, University of Gdańsk, Zielona Góra University, Nicolaus Copernicus University as well as University of Warsaw.

The programme and more information about this year’s symposium can be found here:

Would like to read about the first REAL symposium?: 
The REAL Symposium Organizing Committee:
Chair: Paulina Ambroży, Ph.D., D. Litt. 
Chair: Paweł Stachura, Ph.D.
Secretary: Michał Kasperowicz
Małgorzata Olsza, M.A.
Marta Makoś, B.A.
Beata Filipiak

by Marta Makoś

Sunday, March 8, 2015

REAL Student Symposium 2015

“I think one is naturally impressed by anything having a beginning, a middle and an ending when one is beginning writing and that it is a natural thing because when one is emerging from adolescence, which is really when one first begins writing one feels that one would not have been one emerging from adolescence if there had not been a beginning and a middle and an ending to anything.”
― Gertrude Stein, Narration: Four Lectures (1935)

Friday, March 6, 2015

George R.R. Martin (1948 - )

George R.R. Martin is an American writer, best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that the HBO channel adapted for its dramatic series Game of Thrones. Lev Grossman called George R.R. Martin ‘the American Tolkien’ (Times 2005), other reviewers did not lavish enough praise on the author as well.
He was born on September 20th 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He started his carrier relatively early writing monster stories and selling them... to his peers. Being a huge fan of the Marvel Comics he has written several letters to the editor of the Fantastic Four, comprising his literary attempts at creating alternative stories to the popular series. Some of them were so good that they were published in the comic books!
Martin is not only an excellent writer. In 1970  he  earned B.A. in Journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois graduating summa cum laude. From 1976 to 1978 Martin was an English and journalism instructor at Clarke College, becoming Writer In Residence at the college between 1978 and 1979.
However, his best known fantasy series is A Song of Ice and Fire, he has also written Tales of Dunk and Egg – three-volume long series about events taking place in Westeros, 100 years before the events of A Song of Ice and Fire.

by Michał Kasperowicz