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124266 KO Critical Media Analysis (2018S)

Reading Classic Western Movies

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

Details

max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 08.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 15.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 22.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 12.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 19.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 26.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 03.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 17.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 24.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 07.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 14.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 21.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Donnerstag 28.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Unterrichtsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Aims: The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the filmic, social and political intricacies of some famous Western movies and with how this genre has, over time, developed its own imaginary, language, ethos (good, bad, ugly?), and configuration of (often stereotyped) characters (the cowboy, the gunman, the rustler, the sheriff, the prostitute, ...).

Content: In this seminar we will watch, "read" and discuss some "classic" (= trendsetting, paradigmatic) as well as "revisionist" Western movies:

Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
Shane (George Stevens, 1953)
The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
Hang 'em High (Ted Post, 1968)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)
Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
Appaloosa (Ed Harris, 2008)

While we will discuss the filmic language(s) of these works, the main focus of the seminar will be on typical Cultural Studies questions, such as:
- how are the political and social realities of the (post-Civil War) Western territories depicted?
- how are "non-white" ethnic populations (esp. Native Americans and Mexicans) portrayed?
- how is masculinity (all that gunslinging!) constructed?
- how are the female characters presented?
- what is the political aspect of the movie (e.g., as a commentary on the contemporary USA)?

Methods: Multidisciplinary discussion of the movies and presentations of students' papers in class.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance (the maximum number of absences is 2), participation in class discussions, 10 min. oral presentation of a researched essay (2,000 words, on one of the movies), a short paper (1.000 words) on a specific Western topic (e.g., on Native American tribes, history of places and territories, development of firearms), and a final written test.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Active participation in class (10%)
Essay (40%)
Oral presentation of essay (15%)
Short paper (15%)
Final essay (20%)

Prüfungsstoff

All the material covered in class

Literatur

Information and links will be posted on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

Letzte Änderung: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42