Literature and Cinema


a) To understand key concepts, language theories, themes, as part of literature and film studies, by discussing a range of British and North American novels or short stories and their adaptation from text to film.
b) To acquire and improve critical skills to define the balance between the film and its literary source in an interdisciplinary way.
c) To develop a critical awareness of the qualities shared by narrative literature and narrative film, as well as the distinctive characteristics of each medium, relevant to the study of adaptation.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Golgona Luminita Anghel


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 168

Teaching language





Bragança, Nuno, «A Noite e o Riso"» (1970), Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1986.

Llansol, Maria Gabriela, «O Livro das Comunidades» (1977), Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 2017.

Oliveira, Carlos de, «Finisterra» (1978), Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 2003.

Velho da Costa, Maria, «Maina Mendes» (1969), 2ª edição, Lisboa, Moraes, 1977.

Teaching method

Classes will have a theoretical and practical approach, assessed by a close reading of texts.
At the beginning of the semester, an anthology of critical texts will be recommended to students.
It is expected that students read previously the texts announced for the class.


Evaluation method

Oral presentation:(30%), Written essay:(70%)

Subject matter

We propose a transversal reading of the literary object, experimenting it as a laboratory of a question that exceeds it, and yet can only be be apprehended inside it: living together. The subject will work as a dispositive of creation and as a force of expression.

Topics: 1. «how to live together?»; 2.1. Maria Velho da Costa, «on the anonymous participation to a common place», 2.2. «the fictionalized hypothesis of a familiar space, 2.3. «no one meets anyone»; 3.1. Carlos de Oliveira, «ruins for a memorie», 3.2. «strategies of the common: to dwell, to receive, to pay attention to others»; 4.1. Maria Gabriela Llansol, «geography of the disorder»/ «figures of dissipation», 4.2. «communities of exception»; 5.1. Nuno Bragança, «dissemination of the forbidden», 5.2. «configuration of the uncertain».


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