Syllabus for Ingmar Bergman: Author, Dramatist, Director

Ingmar Bergman - författare, dramatiker, regissör

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  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5LV450
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Literature A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2014-10-30
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 45, 2014
  • Entry requirements: Fulfilment of the requirements for a Bachelor's degree.
  • Responsible department: Department of Literature

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student will be able to:

  • give a general account of Ingmar Bergman's dramatic, literary and filmic production
  • analyse a selection of Bergman's films and texts, and the relationship between them, from theoretical perspectives discussed during the course
  • account for and critically reflect upon Bergman's place in the histories of literature and cinema
  • independently account for and discuss research results related to Ingmar Bergman specifically referred to during the course
  • present an ability to independently, and within scheduled time, complete oral and written assignments


This course gives an overview of Ingmar Bergman as an author, dramatist, and filmmaker. The course is particularly oriented towards Bergman as an auteur and distinctly “literary” film director, but it also addresses Bergman as a theatre director. During the course, special attention is given to the relationship between Bergman's texts – ranging from drafts, diary entries, screenplays – and finished films. Students will be trained in the analysis of both texts and films, and gain an understanding of the creative processes characteristic of Bergman's work within theatre and film. Bergman's productions are also studied with respect to their place in the history of cinema and literature. The course includes visits to places of special interest for Bergman's life and work, including childhood places in Uppsala, The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, and the summer festival Bergman Week on the island of Fårö.


The course is based on lectures, seminars, study visits, and assigned team work. The language of instruction is English.


Students will be assessed on basis of seminar activity, as well as on successive oral and written assignments.

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Reading list

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