Archetypes of characters and situations in religions 2

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306ACH2 exam 2 2 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English summer

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The aim is to present in an introductory study in modern Western culture no only as a merely Christian society but primarily as a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious culture and as it is reflected in modern film. Effort will be made to demarcate the perspectives of the course including potential inter-disciplinary collaboration with other artistic and humanities studies.


  1. The principle of the „called“ in film.
  2. Depiction of the devil in film. The symbol of the devil in the Western context.
  3. Depiction of evil in Christian film
  4. The symbol of the devil in the Western cultural context.
  5. Religious - societal context of film with this topic
  6. The symbol of evil in the context of other cultures and religions.

●Evil as a dramatic element of the film narrative

●Voodoo, magic, Satanism

  1. Depicting rituals in film

●Depicting rituals in film 1:

●Depicting rituals in film 2:

  1. Large religious systems - Judaism, Christianity, Islam

●Large religious systems in film 1:

●Large religious systems in film 2:

●Large religious systems in film 3:

Excursions to so-called world religions as part of modern Euro-American cultures - Islam

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The Tools of Screenwriting: A Writer's Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay

David Howard, Edward Mabley, St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 15, 1995) ISBN-10: 0312119089, ISBN-13: 978-0312119089

Carl Gustav Jung." The Norton Anthology: Theory and Criticism

Hardcover: 2848 pages, Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Third edition (June 11, 2018)

ISBN-10: 0393602958

ISBN-13: 978-0393602951

Segal, Robert A. „Introduction.“ Jung on Mythology, Series: Encountering Jung, Paperback: 288 pages, Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd Ptg. edition (July 27, 1998),

ISBN-10: 9780691017365

ISBN-13: 978-0691017365

Frye, Northrop. „The Archetypes of Literature.“ The Norton Anthology: Theory and Criticism. Ed. Vincent B. Leitch. New York: Norton, 2001. 1445 - 1457

ISBN 0195122712, 9780195122718


Rosemary´s Baby, director: Roman Polanski, 1968.

I Confess, director: Alfred Hitchcock, 1953.

The Last Temptation of Christ, director: Martin Scorsese, 1988.

Angel Heart, director: Alan Parker, 1987.

Dead Man, director: Jim Jarmusch, 1995.

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70% attendance

Completion of the final exam.



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