Ursula Phillips on Polish Author Zofia Nałkowska

Ursula Phillips on Polish Author Zofia Nałkowska (The Thornfield Review)

Read: https://thethornfieldreview.org/2017/04/08/ursula-phillips-on-polish-author-zofia-nalkowska/

 

Nałkowska was born in Warsaw. After World War II, Nałkowska was one of several established literary figures who remained in communist Poland. Twice elected as a member of parliament, she served on the Parliamentary Commission for Culture and Art.

Immediately after the war, she also served on the official government Commission for Investigating Nazi Crimes on Polish Soil, which resulted in the short-story collection Medallions (1946), one of the first literary witnesses to the atrocities, and certainly her best-known work outside Poland.

A. Wajda’s ‘Afterimage’ at the Vancity (April-May)

Vancity: dates and tickets

The last feature of the late, great director Andrzej Wajda, one of the titans of European cinema, Afterimage is a poignant and enraging story about injustice; about the destruction of an individual by totalitarianism. Set in post-World War II Communist Poland, it portrays a world in which beauty, art and artistic integrity are persecuted.

Painter and author Wladyslaw Strzemiński was a legend of modern art, the most famous of the Polish formalists before World War II, and a co-creator of a unique avant-garde art collection in Lodz. Afterimage (the title referring to one of his revolutionary theories) traces his outspoken resistance to the social realism sanctioned by the Stalinist regime as the only accepted artistic style and how he suffers for his principles.

POLS 200 Student Projects #2

NOTE: These are parts of student presentations for POLS 200: Beginner’s Polish.

Excerpts from: Piotr Florczyk: Literature in Translation lecture and workshop by Cynthia Dobroszek & Janek Saunders

W zeszłym miesiącu mieliśmy zaszczyt gościć Pana Piotra Florczyka na wykładzie i warsztacie „Literatura w Tłumaczeniu”. Wykład miał miejsce w ‘global lounge’ i głównym tematem dyskusji były relacje pomiędzy tłumaczami i autorami. Pan Florczyk opowiedział nam o różnych wyzwaniach w świecie tłumaczy i jak trudno „odnaleźć się” w tej dziedzinie. Zwłaszcza w Ameryce gdzie utwory/książki napisane w mniej znanych językach obcych, na przykład język Polski, są rzadko tłumaczone a zainteresowanie jest małe .

Później tego samego dnia mieliśmy warsztat prowadzony przez Pana Florczyka. Czytaliśmy wybrane wiersze i pracowaliśmy nad nimi aby zrozumieć kontekst i emocję które są adresowane w wierszach.  Ten warsztat był bardzo udany ponieważ pojawiło się dużo uczniów którzy uczestniczyło w dyskusji z Panem Florczykiem o naturze tych wierszy. Rozmawialiśmy o przedwojennej i powojennej Polsce i jak poezja zmieniła się, w tym czasie. Rozmawialiśmy również o tym że Polska poezja często brzmi nacjonalistycznie i patriotycznie. Właśnie tak dużo ludzi wyobraża sobie Polskę, kraj który przeżył wojny i który pisze o uczuciach związanych z wojną. Faktem jest że większość współczesnych poetów pisze na inne tematy które są mniej brutalne niż wojna. Przez to, że ograniczamy to co jest przetłumaczane, ograniczamy co wiemy o polskiej poezji.

 

English version:

On the 28th of February we were fortunate enough to host Piotr Florczyk for the Literature in Translation lecture and workshop. We held the lecture at the global lounge and the main topic of discussion was the relationship between translators and authors. We looked deeper into the world of a translator and how challenging it may be to find yourself in this field that tends to be overlooked.

Later in the day we held a workshop led by Florczyk, we looked at specific poems and worked to understand the context and emotions that are being addressed. This event was very successful as we had many students participate and debate with Mr. Florczyk about the nature of the poems. We spoke about pre and post War Poland and how the poetry changed, how Polish poetry always tends to sound nationalistic and patriotic. This is how what many people think of Poland to be a country that strives off the war and uses those emotions to fuel their writing when in reality most modern day poets write about other topics that don’t come close to the brutality of the war. However, by limiting what is translated we limit what we know of polish poetry.

„Blisko Miłosza” z Agnieszką Kosińską


Grupa Epizod we współpracy z Konsulatem Generalnym RP zapraszają na spotkanie zatytułowane „Blisko Miłosza” z  Agnieszką Kosińską, autorką książki Miłosz w Krakowie.

Z Agnieszką Kosińską rozmawiać będą Andrzej Busza i Roman Sabo.

Poniedziałek, 27 marca 2017 r.
Sala Stowarzyszenia Polskich Kombatantów
1134 Kingsway, Vancouver.
Początek godz. 19:30 pm. Wstęp: $5.00.

 

 

Feb 28th: “Ambassadors and Colonizers” & “East Meets West” by Piotr Florczyk

Polish Discussion Club, Polish Studies at the CENES, Global Lounge and UBC Tandem invite you to a lecture and workshop by Piotr Florczyk:

“Ambassadors and Colonizers:
On Translators in the Literary Marketplace”

February 28 th , 3 PM AT THE GLOBAL LOUNGE (2205 Lower Mall)

 

“East Meets West:
Polish and American Poets in Conversation”

February 28 th , 5 PM @ Buchanan B, Room 215

Event supervisor: Helena G. Kudzia: hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca
Student Coordinators: Janek Saunders and Cynthia Dobroszek

Please note: Both lectures will be in English. Everyone welcome.

The first lecture will be of interest to students and faculty interested in translation regardless of the language they work in

 

Piotr Florczyk is a doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California. His research focus is on translators in the literary marketplace and the creative dialogue between Polish and American poets. His book publications include a volume of poetry, East & West (2016), a collection of essays, Los Angeles Sketchbook (2015), a poetry chapbook, Barefoot (2015), and eight volumes of Polish poetry translations. His work has been supported by USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research, the Polish Book Institute, the Anna Akhamatova Fellowship for Younger Translators, and the Delaware Arts Council. He has served as a judge for the 2015 PEN USA Translation Prize and as a manuscript reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships. He has also been a fellow at the Czesław Miłosz Institute at Claremont McKenna College, and taught poetry and literature undergraduate and graduate courses at San Diego State University, University of San Diego, Antioch University Los Angeles, University of Delaware, Claremont McKenna College, and at University of California-Riverside. Piotr Florczyk lives in Los Angeles. www.piotrflorczyk.com

A Foreigner’s Guide to the Polish Alphabet (culture.pl)

http://culture.pl/multimediaguides/alphabet/the-polish-alphabet/0

“Polish is infamously intimidating to language learners. But never fear! We’re here to give you a few tips that will help you start to get the hang of one of the world’s hardest languages, all with listen-along pronunciation and simple step-by-step examples.”

Dr. Bożena Karwowska – Conference: The Very Beginning

Conference: Warsaw, 5-6.12.2016

The conference, “The Very Beginning: The Years 1944-1948 in Literature plakatfrom the Period of the Polish People’s Republic” provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars to utilize modern-day analytical tools to bring to the fore the question as to how social phenomena of 1944-48 were recorded in Polish literature of the Polish People’s Republic, 1949-1989. Questions to be addressed include the ways in which both official and unofficial narratives of the Polish People’s Republic were shaped by social processes as recorded in literature of the period, and how these literary representations are socially and/or politically informed in their linguistic/textual structures.