This course is part of the programme
Digital Humanities, interdisciplinary programme

Objectives and competences

The students will learn how to operate with humanities terminology and its methodological approaches. Moreover, they will expand their knowledge and critical thought into broader spheres of arts, media, cultural studies, and other disciplines that are closely connected with humanities. They will be taught how to write scientific and professional texts, close read, and form critical arguments to the selected topics.


The students need to be enrolled in the study program Digital Humanities.


The students will get to know the basic premises of the humanities studies. We will, however, reach broader, into the areas of film studies, other visual arts, music, and dance. The course is designed as an introduction into the understanding of the basic methodological and theoretical principles used in humanities as well as in research areas that are closely connected to humanities. For example, we will look at the research foundations of literary studies, film studies, historical, anthropological, media, and cultural studies and thus inhabit an interdisciplinary research field. The students will be sharpening their perception of various poetics and aesthetics.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will learn the basic concepts of humanities studies, the arts that are closely related to humanities. They will also get to know the main (comparative) operational principles of cultural, media studies, historical and anthropological research and other areas of research that find themselves on the intersection with humanities.

They will be able to form their own critical thinking and use the findings of the course in their future research and before that, in the writing of (and preparing for) their research papers (seminars).


Janetta Rebold Benton, Robert DiYanni. Arts and culture : an introduction to the humanities. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey : Peason Prentice Hall, 2005.
Corrigan, Timothy, ur. Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999.
Sporre, Dennis J. Perceiving the arts : an introduction to the humanities. Upper Saddle River (NJ) : Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006.
Seger, Linda. The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact And Fiction Into Film. New York: Owl Books, 1992.
Reynolds, Peter, ur. Novel Images: literature in performance. London: Routledge, 1993.
Bordwell, D. in Thompson, K.: Zgodovina filma I. Ljubljana: Slovenska Kinoteka, 2001.
Aristotel. Poetika. Ljubljana: Cankarjeva založba, 1982.
Hermenevtika in humanistika I. [pripravila Dean Komel in Andrina Tonkli-Komel]. Ljubljana : Fenomenološko društvo v Ljubljani, Oddelek za filozofijo Filozofske fakultete : Nova revija, 2005
Bonitzer, P.: Slepo polje. Ljubljana: SH, 1983.
Aktualni dnevni in revialni domači in tuji tisk (London Review of Books, the New Yorker, Delo, Dnevnik,…)


Written exam; discussions during lectures and seminars; course related work / reading and homework; seminar papers. In order for the students to take the final exam, they will need to regularly (80%) attend the lectures and the seminar, contribute to the discussions, and write two seminar papers.

Lecturer's references

Leonora Flis is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Nova Gorica.
Her research areas include literary theory, contemporary British and American literature, film and adaptation studies, intercultural studies, graphic novels, and literary journalism. Leonora Flis is also a translator, a book and film critic and an author. In November 2015, her collection of short stories Upogib časa was published (LUD Literatura).

Selected works:

Factual Fictions: Narrative Truth and the Contemporary American Documentary Novel. Cambridge Scholars, November 2010.


“Boštjan Videmšek: Profiling War – Managing Trauma in Reporting Horror” in Profiles: Principles and Practice, London: Routledge, 2015.

“Communism’s Legacy in Slavenka Drakulić’s Writing on Eastern Europe and the Balkans.” In White masks, grey faces. Body, memory and
performativity in post-communist studies perspective. Universitas, Krakow, Poland, 2015, 151-166.
Guest editor of a special issue of the Literary Journalism Studies journal – Women and Literary Journalism, Spring 2015. Introduction to the special issue of Literary Journalism Studies – “On Recognition of Quality Writing – Female Literary Journalists.” Spring 2015. 7-14.

“Joe Sacco in literarno novinarstvo v podobi stripa—preplet literature, stripa, novinarstva in zgodovine” (“Joe Sacco and Graphic Literary Journalism – The Blending of Literature, Comics, Journalism and History”). Primerjalna knjizevnost (Comparative Literature journal), Vol. 37, number 2, August 2014, 195-215.

Collection of essays Literature and Multimedia in Late 20th and 21st Century Europe. John Benjamins Press (2014), essay: “Nonfiction Comics as a Medium of Remembrance and Mourning and a Cosmopolitan Genre of Social and Political Engagement.” John Benjamins Press, November 2014.

“Louis Adamic: Slovene-American Literary Journalism Avant la Lettre.” Slovene Studies 33.2 (2011): 115–32.

“The Blending of Fact and Fiction in Three American Documentary (Crime) Narratives.” Acta Neophilologica, Vol. 43, No. 1/2 (2010): 69-82, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

“Documentary Narratives in Postmodern Times: The United States and Slovenia.” Slovene Studies 31.1 (2009): 31-50.

“Vznik ameriškega dokumentarnega romana in njegove postmoderne razsežnosti” (“The Emergence of the American Documentary Novel and Its Postmodern Extension”). Primerjalna književnost (Comparative Literature) 30. 1. Posebna številka (Special Issue), Ljubljana 2007: 151-164.

“Eugene O’Neill and the Ancient Greek Drama.” Dialogi 8, October 2004: 36-44.

“Contemporary Slovene Literature.” Contemporary Review 1659, Vol. 284, April 2004: 225-232.