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Subject guide

Film and Literary Studies

Overview of databases, reference works and websites for research in Film and Literary Studies

Literary Theory
Literary language and style (rhetorics, narratology), methodology of literary criticism, literary genres, schools of literary theory and their major authors (for example deconstruction, psychoanalysis, genderstudies, ecocriticism).
Comparative literary studies
Schools of theory, traditions en literary themes, with special emphasis on the relationship between politics, law and literature. Additionally, studies on literature in the middle ages and renaissance and literary studies covering several languages.
Intercultural comparative literature
Study of literature in relation to art, film, theatre and music; literature in relation to new media
Intermedial literary studies
Postcolonial literary theory, studies on cultural identity, migrant literature.
Film theory, relation between film and literature, history and theory of avant-garde film, art film and documentary film and video.

The paper collection Film and Literary Studies is for the most part located in the University Library. Most of the books are in closed stacks and can be requested through the Catalogue.

Reference collection

The reference collection is located on the first floor of the University Library. The collection comprises:

  • General: Terminological and biographical dictionaries;
  • Literary Theory: methodology and textanalysis, schools in theory (a.o. structuralism, narratology, psychoanalysis, semiotics, feminist literary criticism, deconstruction);
  • Comparative Literature: literary histories sorted by language, period and region, genretheory, literary themes, rhetorics.

Printed journals

Current issues of journals on Film and Literary Studies, which are not available digitally, are placed in the round journal cabinets at the entrance to reading room 7. Back volumes are generally located in the S-UB (basement, stairs next to the information desk). Journals in the Closed Stacks can be requested through the Catalogue.

MLA International Bibliography bibliographical database on literature and linguistics, compiled by the Modern Language Association.

Film literature index contains citations to film, television and video articles, reviews and book reviews

Communication and Mass Media Complete: access to research in communication and mass media and closely related subjects.

Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: overview of the history of literary criticism.

Cambridge Companions Online: current state of research for a wide variety of subjects, such as "Literature and Religion", "Alice Munro" and "Postcolonial Novels".