LITERATURE AND OTHER ARTS
Code: 52024
ECTS: 8
Departament: Department of Humanities
Field of Study: Humanities
Keywords:
    Inter-artistic Studies
    Literature and Cinema
    Comparative Literature
    Literary Motifs
Teacher:
Gerald Bär
Área Científica: LGerman Literature; Comparative Literatures; Artistic Studies.
E-mail: gbar@uab.pt

Course Description:
After a brief theoretical introduction the seminar Literature and Other Arts proposes the analysis of motifs, such as the double (or Doppelgänger). Their presence in poems, theatre plays and novels of world literature in various epochs, shows their universality.
From antiquity to its representation on film and in the internet  these motifs had important functions, not only as indispensable elements in comedies and horror stories, but also as the figuration of alterity and in processes of (re)constitution of personality, in literature, as well as in the cinema.
The objective of this curricular unit is to explore these motifs’ aesthetic potential in various literary and cinematographic genres.
Texts of literary criticism and about the films in question (in Portuguese and English) will enable the student to define and distinguish the phenomenon in aesthetic and historical terms.


Competences:

•Development of critical reading skills, of the ability of summarizing texts and of literary analysis.
•Development of the capacity to explain content, to compare ideas and critical comments.
•Acquisition of historical and theoretical knowledge of literature and cinema, focussing on paradigmatic works and various genres.
•Understanding the use and function of motifs in different literary and cinematographic genres.
•Distinguishing different epochs, styles and approaches related to the motif in question.


Contents:
Following a diachronic structure this unit aims at stimulating a debate on emblematic works of world literature and cinema that feature the motif of the double. This study implies excursions into the areas of music and painting, and includes the works of authors, such as Plautus, Shakespeare, Chamisso, Andersen, Stevenson, Pessoa, Wilde, Lang, Murnau and Woody Allen, among others.


Bibliography:
BÄR, G., “Perceptions of the Self as the Other: Double-Visions in Literature and Film”, in: SCHÖNFELD, C. with RASCHE, H., (org.), Processes of Transposition: German Literature and Film, Amsterdam, New Jersey: Rodopi, 2006, pp. 89-117.
BENJAMIN, W. (1985), Obras Escolhidas (vol. I): Magia e Técnica, Arte e Política, São Paulo: editora brasiliense.
BRUNEL, Pierre, Chevrel, Yves (org.) (2004). Compêndio de Literatura Comparada, trad. M.R. Monteiro, Lisboa: Gulbenkian.
BUESCU, H.,  Ferreira Duarte, J., Gusmão, M. (org.) (2001). Floresta Encantada, novos Caminhos da Literatura Comparada. Lisboa: Publicações Dom Quixote.
EISNER, L. (s.d.), O «Ecran Demoníaco», Lisboa: Editorial Aster.
MILLER, K. (1985), Doubles: Studies in Literary History, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
WEBBER, A. J. (1996), The Doppelgänger: double visions in German literature, Oxford, Clarendon Press.



Format:
E-learning


Workload (hours): 208
Contact Hours: 20

Assessment:
Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.


Comments:
 Students' evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.


Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office – gcri@uab.pt