FAVMPa050 Historical Poetics of Cinema

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Radomír D. Kokeš, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Radomír D. Kokeš, Ph.D.
Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Supplier department: Department of Film Studies and Audiovisual Culture - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The objective is to deepen the knowledge of methodological procedures and theoretical concepts that students have acquired in the course of the bachelor study and acquainting with new concepts which will enable them to solve different research problems. The course will focus on concepts, programs and specific research projects related to the tradition of the so-called historical poetics of cinema.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, students will have been able to: critically evaluate and use a range of theoretical concepts to formulate a good research hypothesis, be oriented in the theoretical and methodological literature related to the presented research areas, prepare and realize a relevant research project from the area of historical poetics of cinema.
  • The areas that will be presented, explained and analyzed in the broader context of both the contemporary discussions and the epistemic possibilities of the historical poetics of cinema:
  • - Russian formalism and Czech structuralism: formulation of research bases (Jurij Tyňanov, Roman Jakobson, Jan Mukařovský);
  • - history of film style 1940 - 1960s (André Bazin, Noël Burch)
  • - historical poetics of cinema (David Bordwell)
  • - neo-formalist poetics of cinema (Kristin Thompsonová)
  • - statistical history of style (Barry Salt)
  • - research of early cinemat related to poetics of cinema (such as Tom Gunning, Thomas Elsaesser, John Fullerton, Jurij Civjan, Charlie Keil, Ben Brewster, Lea Jacobs)
  • - problem-based projects connected to the emergence of sound, national cinemas, auteur cinema, narrative tradition (Charles O'Brien, Colin Crisp, Colin Burnett, Patrick Keating, Gary Bettinson, Scott Higgins)
  • - research of television poetics (Jason Mittell, Jeremy Butler).
  • BURNETT, Colin. The Invention of Robert Bresson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.
  • BUTLER, Jeremy G. Television Style. New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • MITTELL, Jason. Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling. New York: New York University Press, 2015.
  • BORDWELL, David. Poetics of cinema. New York: Routledge, 2008. xii, 499. ISBN 9780415977784. info
  • O'BRIEN, Charles. Cinema's conversion to sound : technology and film style in France and the U.S. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. xi, 200. ISBN 0253217202. info
  • Early cinema : space, frame, narrative. Edited by Thomas Elsaesser - Adam Barker. Repr. London: BFI Publishing, 1997. 424 s. ISBN 0851702457. info
  • BORDWELL, David. On the history of film style. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. x, 322. ISBN 0674634292. info
  • SALT, Barry. Film style and technology : history and analysis. 2nd. expand. ed. London: Starword, 1992. 351 s. ISBN 095090662X. info
  • BURCH, Noël. Life to those shadows. Edited by Ben Brewster. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990. 317 s. ISBN 0520071441. info
  • THOMPSON, Kristin. Breaking the glass armor : neoformalist film analysis. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1988. x, 361. ISBN 0691067244. info
  • BORDWELL, David. Narration in the fiction film. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1985. xiv, 370. ISBN 0299101746. info
  • BORDWELL, David, Janet STAIGER and Kristin THOMPSON. The classical Hollywood cinema : film style & mode of production to 1960. New York: Columbia University Press, 1985. xv, 506. ISBN 0231060556. info
  • BAZIN, André. Co je to film? Praha: Československý filmový ústav, 1979. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, obligatory continuous reading, discussions in the class, preparation and presentation of a research project proposal in the traditions of presented concepts in the final lectures of the semester.
Assessment methods
Regular submission of reading cards, submission of a research projects proposal at the end of the semester, a test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Kurs je určen k absolvování v 1. semestru studia.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021.
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