Literature and other arts
Bachelor's study programme Slovene Studies (1st Level)
Objectives and competences
We ask ourselves how the language of literature and of the stage transform themselves once put on film. We get to know the key theoretical notions of the film medium, moreover, the class examines the parallels and differences between the literary (verbal) and the film (visual) discourse. We analyze the depicted works of art from the thematic point of view and from the narrative point of view. Moreover, we are interested in characterization (depiction of the main protagonists), as well as in the external form and structure or composition.
The prerequisite to join the course is the students’ interest in film studies and literary studies, as well as adaptation studies, as the course is designed primarily as a course on films that are adaptations of literary works. The students are expected to be familiar with at least basic concepts of literary studies and the key milestones and works belonging to the history of world and Slovene filmography.
The course focuses on the interconnectedness of film and literature (including plays and comics). We observe how literary and theater texts get adapted for the screen and what that means for the actual storyline and other structural and semantic levels. The film medium has its own rules that literature does not necessarily know or follow (lighting, photography, montage, special effects,…). We pose questions related to the adaptation process. Moreover, we wonder what makes some texts e more appropriate for filmic transformation than others and why. Thus, in essence, the course combines literary studies with film and adaptation studies, which gives it an interdisciplinary frame.
Among the discussed works, there are:
To Kill a Mockingbird (Ne ubijaj slavca) (Harper Lee, 1960; film, 1962, dir.: Robert Mulligan)
Pride and Prejudice (Prevzetnost in pristranost) (Jane Austin, 1813; film Pride and Prejudice, 2005, dir. Joe Wright)
Hamlet (William Shakespeare, 1599-1601; 1996 version, dir. Kenneth Branagh)
Atonement (Pokora) (Ian McEwan, 2001; film Atonement l. 2007, dir. Joe Wright; primerjava dveh del istega režiserja)
Watchmen (Varuhi) (strip Alan Moore, 1986-1987; film Watchmen l. 2009, dir. Zack Snyder)
Črni dnevi in beli dan (roman Dominik Smole, 1958; film Ples v dežju l. 1961, dir. Boštjan Hladnik)
Triptih Agate Schwarzkobler (roman Rudi Šeligo, 1968; film Triptih Agate Schwarzkobler l. 1997, dir. Matjaž Klopčič)
Intended learning outcomes
The students learn the terminology of intercultural studies and disciplines related to it. Furthermore, they get to know the points where cultural studies, anthropology, literary studies, media and communications studies and memory studies conjoin. Students learn how to formulate their own arguments and how to make concise summaries of academic texts and respond to ideas that get presented in class in a comprehensive way.
The students have to pass the final exam and before that, successfully write and present their two seminar works. Regular class participation and the seminar essays are prerequisites for the students to be able to take the final exam.
(Adjunct) Associate Professor dr. Leonora Flis. Leonora Flis focuses on literary theory, contemporary British and American Literature, film (especially in relation to literature), graphic novels and literary journalism. She also writes book and film reviews, translates scholarly texts and literary works, and writes short stories. She published a collection of short stories Upogib časa (2015) and in 2022 her new collection Enakozvočja is to be published. She was the recipient of the Fulbright fellowship and was a visiting Fulbright scholar at Columbia University in New York. She is the author of a monograph Factual Fictions: Narrative Truth and the Contemporary American Documentary Novel (2010). Her scientific articles have been published in Slovene and foreign journals.
The selection of published texts:
FLIS, Leonora. Social engagement and multiculturalism in Louis Adamic's literary journalism and documentary prose. Dve domovini: razprave o izseljenstvu. [Tiskana izd.]. 2020, št. 51, str. 59-75.
FLIS, Leonora. Med leposlovjem in poročanjem. Sodobnost. okt. 2021, letn. 85, št. 10, str. 1279-1292.
FLIS, Leonora. Grafične pripovedi in pripovednost. Primerjalna književnost, ISSN 0351-1189. [Tiskana izd.], maj 2020, letn. 43, št. 1, str. 51-74.
FLIS, Leonora. Družbeni angažma v literarnem novinarstvu Louisa Adamiča. V: DAUGUL, Larisa (ur.). Strpnost ni dovolj: prispevki s konference Iz mnogih dežel: ob 120. obletnici rojstva Louisa Adamiča, (Borec, ISSN 0006-7725, letn. 70 (2018), št. 751-753). Ljubljana: Sophia. 2018, [Letn.] 70, št. 751/753, str. -149, 217-218.
FLIS, Leonora. Factual fictions: narrative truth and the contemporary American documentary novel. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.
FLIS, Leonora. Profiling war: managing trauma in reporting horror: the case of Boštjan Videmšek. V: JOSEPH, Sue (ur.). Profile pieces: journalism and the "human interest" bias, (Routledge research in journalism, 13). New York; London: Routledge, cop. 2016, 226-239.
FLIS, Leonora. Obraz postkomunizmu Europy Wschodniej i Bałkanów w pisarstwie Slavenki Drakulić. V: GRACZYK, Ewy (ur.). Białe maski / szare twarze: ciało, pamięć, performatywność w perspektywie postzależnościowej, (Seria Wydawnicza Centrum Badań Dyskursów Postzależnościowych, t. 5). Kraków: Towarzystwo Autorów i Wydawców Prac Naukowych Universitas, cop. 2015, str. 151-166. Communism’s Legacy in Slavenka Drakulić’s Writing on Eastern Europe and the Balkan. (Podoba postkomunistične vzhodne Evrope in Balkana v zapisih Slavenke Drakulić).
FLIS, Leonora. Nonfiction comics as a medium of remembrance and mourning and as a cosmopolitan genre of social and political engagement. V: CORNIS-POPE, Marcel (ur.). New literary hybrids in the age of multimedia expression : crossing borders, crossing genres, (A comparative history of literatures in European languages, ISSN 0238-0668, vol. 27). Amsterdam; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2014, 230-250.
Texts to be published:
“Nan Shepherd’s Holistic World – an Intimate Triangle: Nature, Body and Mind in The Living Mountain”, volume
Representations, Scenes and Scenarios of Intimacy in Women’s Writing. Pro Universitaria Publishing House (https://www.prouniversitaria.ro/despre-noi/). 2022.
The Narrative of Migration and Feminism in Slavenka Drakulić’s Selected Works. Dve domovini. (Februar 2023).
University course code: 1SI215
Year of study: 2. year
- Lectures: 30 hours
- Exercises: 30 hours
- Individual work: 60 hours
Course kind: izbirni predmet
Learning and teaching methods:
• lectures • group discussion (moderated by the professor) • seminar sections intended for students' analyses of selected texts group discussion among all the participants of the seminar sections. • seminar work – 2 essays/presentations • class presentations of two seminar essays and joint discussion