Literature and the visual arts
Comparative Studies of Ideas and Cultures (3rd level)Modul:
Literature in Context
Course code: 71
Assist. Prof. Luka Vidmar, Ph.D.
Contact hours: lectures 30 hours, seminar 30 hours, consultation 30 hours
Course type: elective
Languages: Slovenian, English
Teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminar
Content (Syllabus outline)
This course analyses the complex relationship between literary art and the visual arts—that is, between literature on the one hand and architecture, sculpture, and painting on the other. It begins by showing how the relationship between these types of art has developed since Antiquity and how it has been influenced by various statuses of individual arts: literature and architecture already held a traditionally high status in the Middle Ages, whereas the status of painting and sculpture was only elevated as late as the Modern Age. The course continues by presenting the main methods in which writers used visual-art topics and the main methods in which visual artists used literary-art topics. This type of historical and genre overview reveals the meeting points of literary art and visual arts that are essential for the artistic nature of literary or visual works of art.
- Barthes, Roland. Mythologies. Paris: Seuil, 1957.
- Burke, Peter. The Uses of Images as Historical Evidence. London: Reaktion Books, 2014.
- Guieu, Jean-Max in Alison Hilton, ur. Emile Zola and the Arts. Washington: GeorgeTown University Press, 1988.
- Sitzia, Emilia. Art in Literature, Literature in Art in 19th Century France. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.
- Vidmar Luka. Likovnoumetnostna tematika v romanu S poti Izidorja Cankarja. Primerjalna književnost2 (2007): 123−138.
- Vidmar, Luka. Ljubljana kot novi Rim. Akademija operozov in baročna Italija. Ljubljana: SAZU (Biblioteka 15), 2013.
- Wagner, Peter: Reading Iconotexts. From Swift to the French Revolution. London: Reaktion Books, 1995.
- Wagner, Peter, ur. Icons, Texts, Iconotexts. Essays on Ekphrasis and Intermediality. Berlin, New York: de Gruyter, 1996.
Objectives and competences
Students identify various modes of interaction between literary art and the visual arts, thereby improving their understanding of the role of artistic creativity in human society. In the process, they are introduced to the interdisciplinary methodological procedures required for studying this issue.
Intended learning outcomes
Students use the knowledge acquired in the course to write a piece of academic writing that can serve as a draft of a dissertation chapter or a research article.
Long written assignment (70 %), presentation (20 %), Active participation in lectures and seminars (10 %).