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Semester: 2

Credits: FM4107

FM4107: Cinema and Nation

This module addresses the central notion that a national cinema can be more fruitfully understood in terms of the conflicts and discrepancies within a given culture to which its constituent films give a voice. These conflicts point to the fact that film does not simply represent the homogeneous characteristics of a national culture: national cinemas can be seen as sites of contestation where the meanings and interpretations of national culture and history can be debated, dismissed or fortified. As a site, the cinema can be conceptualised as a public arena where the meanings of a culture are negotiated, not simply disseminated. What has been forgotten, what has been elided, and what should be remembered? What is the relationship between these cultural histories and the work of individual filmmakers? The module will introduce different methodologies for the study of national cinemas, either through a specific national cinema (such as the cinemas of Britain, Canada, India, Italy, South Korea or Spain) or through a comparative focus. Case studies will vary from year to year depending on staff availability. For further details, students are advised to contact module coordinator.

Teaching

Professor Michael Cowan (Co-ordinator)