Literature in Film 2

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301LF2 ZK 2 3T Czech summer

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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.

Mode of study

Instructor lead and supplemented communications (preparatory) of some course participants, to which a colloqium debate linked.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Required is a knowledge of the assigned literary works and viewing of their film adaptations.

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


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Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

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