Literature in Film 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
301LF1 Z 1 3T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Emphasis is placed on the ability to implement the literary characteristics of a verbal work, that is its analysis from the perspective of basic aspects: genre, subject matter, narrator, characters, space, time. Scriptwriting students are to be able to pose, considering the literary text, questions regarding its ability to become a film, be aware of where there will be resistance to the script transformation. In a film adaptation we learn to recognize the dramaturgical and film-image intentions of the artists (adaptors): additional shifts (style, characters, visual environment, etc.), changes and creation of the original material. A familiarity with the author of the literary work is required and with the context of the work.

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Prerequisites and co-requisites

A requirement is a knowledge of the assigned literary bases and viewing of particular films.

Course contents

Instruction focuses on the significant literary bases in artistic prose and their film portrayal (reforming, transformation, etc.) - particularly in comparison to the written text and form with its dramatic depiction transformation (in its film version). The course program has three variants:

  1. Historical - analysing the film adaptation according to canonized historical works of literature, the so called classics (Oedipus, Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, Dangerious Liasons, Madame Bovary, Germinal, etc.)
  2. Modernist - we select and research texts which arose in the first half of the 20th century and marked the majority of signifcant developmental impulses, or direct experiments (A Death in Venice, Swan Lake, The Trial, Orlando, Břeyový Haj, etc.)
  3. Current - Literary foundations published after the Second World War are arranged and analysed (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Clockwork Orange, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Conformista, Naked Lunch, etc.)

Recommended or required reading

Selected works of world literature

Secondary professional literature

Film adaptation

Information material about creative adaptations

Assessment methods and criteria


No note.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room 432
Room No. 432

(Lažanský palác)
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room 124
Projection Room

(Lažanský palác)
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Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 16:00–17:30 Marie MRAVCOVÁ Room No. 432
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1
Thu 16:00–17:30 Marie MRAVCOVÁ Projection Room
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans