HENA03628U English - Free topic: Screening Britain: Film and Society in Postwar Britain

Volume 2014/2015

The medium of film offers us the past in its imaginative constructions, its assumed values, its varied landscapes; it allows us too a rare chance for encounter with distant lives, with localities long since disappeared. By viewing British cinema within its historical contexts, and within the analytic framework of ‘the new film history’ (James Chapman), we begin to examine its competing versions of social experience and everyday life. In this course we take a small sample of films, cycles and genres from the postwar era and look at them in depth. We pay particular attention to the historical developments that have shaped British film, including studios, audiences and production values, as well as the wider social and political scene. Crime, masculinity, and the representations of ethnic minorities are the three major themes around which the course is organised. Students will be encouraged to focus their reading, research and examination work from within these subject areas.

J. Chapman, et al., The New Film History: Sources, Methods, Approaches B. Forshaw. British Crime Film: subverting the social order Y. Loshitzky, Screening Strangers: Migration and Diaspora in Contemporary European Cinema A. Spicer, Typical Men: The Representation of Masculinity in Popular British Cinema P. Leese, Britain since 1945: aspects of identity

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  • Lectures
  • 28
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  • 176,75
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  • 204,75