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GM4092   East German Cinema

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The end of the GDR also saw the closure of the East German Film studios, DEFA, threatening its films with commercial oblivion. However, since reunification the many culturally and artistically significant films made under DEFA have increasingly attracted critical attention. This module will consider a number of these films spanning four decades in order to explore the way in which they navigate the political and censorial climate of the GDR and such issues as: East German cultural identity, the politics of the ordinary, the East German realist aesthetic, gender identities and feminism, the conflict between the individual and the state and the role of the artist in the GDR. We conclude the course by considering a film produced post reunification.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass GM2002 or pass GM2004 or pass GM2008 or pass GM2010

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture, 1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr C Lawson
Module teaching staff: Dr C Lawson