American Literature and Culture Section
University of Wrocław, Institute of English Studies



graduate courses

Samples of M.A. Thesis Topics

dr hab. Dominika Ferens

“The Power of Performance: Gender and Race in David Henry Hwang’s Plays M. Butterfly and Bondage

“The Color of Whiteness in Twentieth-Century Chinese Asian American Fiction”

“Orientalist Discourse in Contemporary Asian American Literature”

“Authenticity Unmasked: The Notion of Authenticity and Its Ambiguous Manifestations in the Works of Nella Larsen and John Howard Griffin”

“Father Figures and Gangsters: Black Masculinities in American Feature Films”

“Tracing Material Culture: Ethnographic Artifacts, Garments, and Racialized Spaces as Sites of Negotiation in Contemporary American Literature”

“Changing Representations of Androgyny in Selected Works by Ursula K. Le Guin”

“Out of the Big Sky: The Diminishing Influence of the Cowboy as a Masculinity Model on American Men”

“Queer Children’s Literature”

“Driving, Walking, and Standing Still: Postmodern Literary Representations of Human Interactions with the California Landscape”

“'The Dichotomy of Love and Disdain Living Side by Side': The Complexity of Female Relations in American Chick Lit”

“‘A Demon of One’s Own’: Gothic Traits and the Uncanny in the Short Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer”

dr Elżbieta Klimek-Dominiak

“Ethnic Identity in Richard Rodriguez’s Autobiographical Trilogy”

“Postmodern Elements in the Selected Literary Works of Sherman Alexie”

“Eva Hoffman as a Representative of the Second Generation of Holocaust Survivors: The Way to Understanding Her Roots in Lost in Translation, Shtetl, and After Such Knowledge

“Functions of Supernatural Elements in Selected Novels of Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor”

“Testing the Boundaries of True Womanhood: Women’s Search for Self-Fulfillment and Their Place in the Nineteenth Century in Kate Chopin’s Fiction”

“Forbidden Interracial Intimacies As a Means of Racial and Gender Identity Redefinition: Identity As a Social Construct Presented in Nella Larsen’s Passing and William Faulkner’s Light in August

“Reasons and Consequences of Racial ‘Passing’ on the Basis of Nella Larsen’s Passing, James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of Ex-Colored Man, and Rudoph Fisher’s “High Yaller”

“The Role of Memory and Environmental Imagination in the Selected Novels of Willa Cather”

“Chinese Mother’s Talk-Stories and Their Influence on Chinese American Daughters in The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston and The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan”

“Journey in Maxine Hong Kingston’s China Men and The Woman Warrior as Postmodern Quest”

“Out of Sex: Women’s Bitter Triumph in Edith Wharton’s Novels”

“Gothic Elements in the Selected Short Stories of Edith Wharton”

dr Justyna Kociatkiewicz

“The Postmodern Search for Security in Don DeLillo's White Noise and Douglas Coupland's Generation X

“"Strangeness That Is Almost Holy": Conspiracy and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Selected Novels of Don DeLillo”

“Society under Systems Control in Don DeLillo's White Noise and Cosmopolis"

“Exploring House of Leaves: Liberature in a Burst Cultural Landscape”

“Virginia Woolf's Early Novels as Modernist Bildungsromane”

“The Images of Alienation and Rebellion in Young Adult Fiction. The Elements of the Bildungsroman and Existentialism in N.H. Kleinbaum's Dead Poets' Society, S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and James Kirkwood's Good Times, Bad Times

“Jerzy Kosinski's Selected Novels as Anti-Bildungsromane”

“Love, Hatred and Identity: The Representation of Contemporary American Women in Selected Works of Joyce Carol Oates”

“The Female Victim: an Analysis of the Four Novels by Margaret Atwood”

“Monstrous Women: the Gothic in Nineteenth-Century Domestic and Sensation Fiction”

“The Barbarian and His Women: a Deconstructive Analysis of Robert E. Howard's Conan Cycle”

“Stephen King's The Dark Tower as the Mythology of the Contemporary America”

dr hab. Mariusz Marszalski

“David Mamet's Dramatic Language - beyond Naturalism/Realism”

”Sam Shepard's Experimental Theatre”

“The Evolution of Edward Taylor's Preparatory Meditations from Exuberance to Gravity”

“Emily Dickinson's Religious Dilemmas”

“Elements of Romanticism in the Poetry of e. e. cummings”

“Tourism as a New Form of Colonization in Kincaid's and Naipaul's Fiction and Non-Fiction”

Lolita: Between Adaptation and Interpretation - from Nabokov's Novel and Screenplay to Kubrick's Film”

“In Search of Transcendence in a Post-Sartrean World in Douglas Coupland's Fiction”

“Cracks in the Ivory Towers - a Vision of Academics in the Fiction of Philip Roth”

“The Spirit of the Beat Generation in the Science Fiction Writing of Robert Anson Heinlein”

“The Existentialist Authenticity of Existence in Ray Bradbury's Science Fiction Writing”

“Magical Realism in Jonathan Carroll's Novels”

dr Katarzyna Nowak-McNeice

“Pastoralism in the Southern Novels of Cormac McCarthy”

”Consuming 'Authenticity,' Digesting 'Otherness': Visions of East/West Reconciliation in Selected Works by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Ameena Meer, Paul Bowles and Esther Freud”

“The Subversive Potential of Humor in Postcolonial Literature”

“"Three Journeys": The Analysis of the Initiation Process in Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms

“Ecofeminism, Lesbian Feminism and Black Feminism on the Example of Chosen Works by Writers of the American South”

“Eastern European Jewish-American Women Figures in Anzia Yezierska's and Isaac Bashevis Singer's Fiction. Analytic Study”

“Representations of Gender Stereotypes in the American Suburbs of the 1950'S and 1960'S on Selected Literary Examples”

“The Coen Brothers' Films (O Brother Where Art Thou? and Miller’s Crossing) as Examples of American National Cinema”

“Growing up in an Intolerant and Prejudiced Society in the Works of Harper Lee, Carson McCullers and Toni Morrison”

“Transatlantic Themes in Francis Scott Fitzgerald’s Short Stories and Novels”

“Racism, Alienation and Identity Formation in Richard Wright’s Native Son and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

“Elements of the Grotesque in Flannery O'Connor’s Wise Blood

dr Agata Zarzycka

“Biting and Being Bitten: Vampirization of Marilyn Monroe in Literature and Culture”

“Isolation as a Factor of Madness in Selected Horror Works Dealing with Familial Bonds”

“Transformations of the Gothic Heroine’s Body in Patrick McGrath’s Martha Peake and Louise Erdrich’s Four Souls

“Horrors of Adolescence in Slasher Films Inspired by Folk and Fairy Tales”

“Gothicism and the Concept of the Empire as Attributes of the Victorian Era in the Role-Playing Game Unhallowed Metropolis by Jason Soles and Nicole Vega”

“Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel and Andrew Davidson’s The Gargoyle as Examples of Gothicization in English-Canadian Literature”

“Generation Gap Motif in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, Mirrormask and The Graveyard Book

“The Motif of Memory in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels”

“Death and Violence in Contemporary Children’s Literature as Exemplified by Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart and Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching Series”

“Existentialist Motifs in Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman”

“‘And I am a freak,’ she thought happily.’ Postmodern Evolution of the Fairy Tale Princesses”

“Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? And Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner as Protoplasts of the Neo-Noir Convention in Detective Fiction”

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