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FM4207   British Cinemas: Conventions, Subversions, and Outsiders

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm Tue, 7.00 pm - 9.30 pm Mon (screenings)

This module approaches British cinema as a site of cultural and formal multiplicity, focusing on its shifting balance between tradition and rebellion, belonging and alienation. The module raises questions about representation and inclusion, as well about formal and narrative strategies. Students will have the opportunity for independent research, by writing a case study of their chosen British star. Weekly topics may include the problematic emergence of queer identities (The Killing of Sister George, Robert Aldrich, 1968), the ambivalent portrayal of British spies and defectors (Another Country, Marek Kanievska, 1984), British filmmaking outside Britain (The Third Man, Carol Reed, 1949), the modernist mockery of British tradition (The Draughtsman's Contract, Peter Greenaway, 1982), and a British star case study.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass FM2001 and pass FM2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminar plus screening.

Scheduled learning hours: 55

Guided independent study hours: 245

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr E Girelli