Checking date: 14/06/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Film Narrative
Bachelor in Film, Television and Media Studies (Plan: 382 - Estudio: 211)

Coordinating teacher: ORTEGA OROZ, ELENA

Department assigned to the subject: Communication and Media Studies Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies, Reading Moving Image (Film and Television), Media Psychology.
1) Ability to analyse the construction of storytelling. 2) Knowledge of narrative devices and strategies. 3) Familiarisation with the main theories of film narrative and its history. 4) Ability to approach the history of the study of narrative and theory. 5) Ability to appreciate the main narrative devices and their importance.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Principles of filmic narration 2. The narrator and the narrative levels 3. The narrative regulation of knowledge 4. The narrative treatment of time 5. The narrative treatment of space
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures: reasoned and interactive presentation of the contents of the program with the support of computer and/or audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the materials and bibliography are provided to complement the student's learning. Practical sessions: seminars that include several activities such as: - Essays about several aspects of film narrative applied to a film. - Discussions of theoretical texts and films. - Creative work in groups. - Oral presentations of the assignments. Tutored sessions online or in person. Individualized assistance (individual tutored sessions) or group assistance (group tutored sessions) to students by the faculty.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • Bordwell, David.. Narration in the Fiction Film.. University of Wisconsin Press.. 1985
  • Buckland, Warren (ed.). . Puzzle Films. Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema.. Wiley-Blackwell.. 2008
  • Cameron, Allan. . Modular Narratives in Contemporary Cinema.. Palgrave Macmillan. 2008
  • Chatman, Seymour.. Coming to Terms: The Rhetoric of Narrative in Fiction and Film. . Cornell University Press.. 1990
  • Chatman, Seymour. . Story and Discourse. Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film.. Cornell University Press.. 1980
  • Fludernik, Monika. . An Introduction to Narratology. . Routledge.. 2009
  • Genette, Gerard. . Narrative Discourse. An Essay in Method.. Cornell University Press.. 1980
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • Affron, Charles & Mireia.. Sets in motion. Art Direction and Film Narrative. . Rutgers University Press.. 1995
  • Greimas, A. J.. Structural Semantics: An Attempt at a Method. . University of Nebraska Press. 1983
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