Literature and other arts

This course is part of the programme
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.


Zorman, Barbara: Sence besede: filmske priredbe slovenske literature: (1948-1979). Koper: Založna Annales, 2009.
Cartmell, Deborah in Imelda Whelehan. Screen adaption: impure cinema. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Reynolds, Peter, ur. Novel Images: literature in performance. London: Routledge, 1993.
Corrigan, Timothy, ur. Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999.
Seger, Linda. The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact And Fiction Into Film. New York: Owl Books, 1992.
Mcfarlane, Brian. Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.
Vankin, Jonathan. Based on a True Story: Fact and Fantasy in 100 Favorite Movies. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2005
Štefančič, Marcel, jr. Na svoji zemlji: zgodovina slovenskega filma. Ljubljana: UMco, 2005.
Vrdlovec, Zdenko: Zgodovina slovenskega filma, Didakta, 2010.
Kristin Thompson & David Bordwell (ur.). Svetovna zgodovina filma, Slovenska kinoteka, 2009.

Apart from the above listed works, we also incorporate in our syllabus the readings of articles from domestic and foreign film and literary journals and papers that specialize in film and adaptation studies (Ekran, Film Comment, Cahiers du Cinema Primerjalna književnost, Dialogi).


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.

Lecturer's references

Leonora Flis is an Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities at the University of Nova Gorica. She teaches Contemporary Literary Theory, Selected Topics in World Literature (British and American Literature), and Literature and Other Arts (Film). Additionally, her areas of research include: literary journalism, documentary literature and documentary graphic novels (comics). Flis also writes book and film reviews and translates academic and literary texts.

The selection of published texts:

Scientific Monograph
FLIS, Leonora. Factual fictions : narrative truth and the contemporary American documentary novel. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2010. XII, 254 str. ISBN 9781-4438-24130-2. ISBN 1-4438-2413-5. [COBISS.SI-ID 44359522]

Original Scientific Article

  1. FLIS, Leonora. Louis Adamič : Slovene-American literary journalism avant la lettre. Slov. stud., 2011, vol. 33, no. 2, str. 115-132. [COBISS.SI-ID 2404091]
  2. FLIS, Leonora. The blending of fact and fiction in three American documentary (crime) narratives. Acta neophilol., 2010, letn. 43, št. 1/2, str. 69-82, 171-172. [COBISS.SI-ID 44265058]
  3. FLIS, Leonora. Documentary narratives in postmodern times : The United States and Slovenia. Slov. stud., 2009, vol. 31, no. 1, str. 31-49. [COBISS.SI-ID 39872098]
  4. FLIS, Leonora. Vznik ameriškega dokumentarnega romana in njegove postmoderne razsežnosti. Primer. književ., 2007, letn. 30, št. 1, str. 153-166. [COBISS.SI-ID 5924126]

Review Article

  1. FLIS, Leonora. Literary journalism in Slovenia. Literary journalism, Winter 2012, vol. 6, no. 1, str. 8-10. [COBISS.SI-ID 2196731]
  2. FLIS, Leonora. Spisana pot v sebe : avtobiografska proza Lojzeta Kovačiča v kontekstu problematike avtobiografskega žanra o polifoniji in dvoglasju. Literatura (Ljublj.), mar. 2011, leto 23, št. 237, str. 189-195. [COBISS.SI-ID 1793787]
  3. FLIS, Leonora. Domačnost izpraznjenega bivanja in ljubezenske slutnje : pregled pripovednega opusa Janija Virka. Literatura (Ljublj.), jul.-avg. 2010, leto 22, št. 229-230, str. 202-218. [COBISS.SI-ID 43532386]
  4. FLIS, Leonora. Racionalna sebičnost kot temeljna vrednota in vrlina. Literatura (Ljublj.), 2010, leto 22, št. 231/232, str. 86-88. [COBISS.SI-ID 1786107]
  5. FLIS, Leonora. Izpiljena sinteza forme in razuma. Literatura (Ljublj.), nov. 2010, leto 22, št. 233, str. 165-171. [COBISS.SI-ID 1785851]
  6. FLIS, Leonora. Slovenia's contemporary poetic endeavors. Bricolage, May 2006, no. 1, str. 29-39. [COBISS.SI-ID 39895650]
  7. FLIS, Leonora. Cultural shades of Slovenia : a brief outlook of Slovenia's literature: discovering the literature of Europe's Terra Incognita. Zarja, Jan./Feb. 2006, vol. 78, issue 1, str. 6-7. [COBISS.SI-ID 39852386]

Professional Article

  1. FLIS, Leonora. Evropski Woody Allen : vnovično iskanje smisla in/ali premagovanje dolgčasa. Dialogi (Maribor), 2011, let. 47, št. 1/2, str. 161-165. [COsBISS.SI-ID 1851131]
  2. FLIS, Leonora. Ekstaza blodenj in bolečine. Dialogi (Maribor), 2011, let. 47, št. 5/6, str. 89-93. [COBISS.SI-ID 2194683]