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124000 VO STEOP: Introduction to Anglophone Cultures and Societies (2013S)

The British Isles: Screening the Home Nations

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

Details

max. 450 participants
Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 14.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 19.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Thursday 21.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 09.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Thursday 11.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Thursday 18.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Thursday 25.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 30.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Thursday 02.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 14.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Thursday 16.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In Laurence Olivier's celebrated screen adaptation (1944) of Shakespeare's history play "Henry V" one of the key scenes is the so-called 'four nations' scene, which brings together representatives of the four so-called home nations to discuss politics and the mechanics of war. The question posed by Macmorris, the Irish captain, points to one of the most controversial issues ("What ish my nation?"), not only in the obvious field of political discourse (in Shakespeare's time, during WWII, in our time), but also in Cultural Studies generally.
It is the aim of this course is to look at various ways in which national and cultural identities in the British Isles have been constituted and re-defined in the 20th century. The medium of film (cinema history) provides an ideal textual basis for such a procedure. Between them the films selected for analysis cover the geographical (and cultural) unit known as the British Isles (i.e., England as well as the nations of the 'Celtic Fringe').
Films to be discussed include among others:
England: "Pride and Prejudice", "A Room With a View", "The Remains of the Day", "Shakespeare in Love", "The Queen", "My Son the Fanatic", "This Is England"; Scotland: "Ae Fond Kiss", "Braveheart", "Trainspotting"; Wales: "How Green Was My Valley", "Twin Town"; Ireland: "Man of Aran", "The Quiet Man", "Adam and Paul", "The Guard".

Assessment and permitted materials

Requirements for credit: written final test (on May 23, June 27).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

It is the aim of this lecture course to provide an introduction to the tools and methodologies of media analysis within a Cultural Studies framework and at the same time to supply basic background information on one of the core areas of the study of Anglophone literatures and cultures.

Examination topics

Lecture course; classroom discourse will be supplemented by visual aids (ppt, excerpts from documentary and feature films).

Reading list

Material for obligatory and ancillary reading will be provided on an e-learning platform. Therefore, students are asked to familiarise themselves in advance with the MOODLE platform. For introduction and self-guided tour, please see <https://elearning.univie.ac.at/>.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612,
Code/Modul: UF 3.3.4-400, BA01.3;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4000
StEOP-BA

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