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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.
Filmstudies
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.

Literature and Film : an Annotated Bibliography, 1909-1977 (Jeffrey Egan Welch, Garland 1981)

African Media Program: offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media.

American Film Institute (AFI): The American Film Institute is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers.

Arts on Film (Archive of moving image films): 450 documentary films made by the film department of the Arts Council England between 1953 and 1998 and several films produced till 2003 by the dance Department of ACE.

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

CineFiles (University of California: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive): scanned images of reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents covering world cinema, past and present.

Early English Books Online: contains page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473–1700.

Gale Literary Index: master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 152,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 202,000 titles into one source.

Gallica. La bibliotheque numerique: provides access to selected print and visual resources of the digital library of the National Library of France. Includes full text materials, of which some are searchable.

Media History Digital Library: online access to the Histories of cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound; collections feature extensive runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines.