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124260 KO Critical Media Analysis (2015W)

'We all go a little mad sometimes': Reading Film with Hitchcock

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

This course explores Alfred Hitchcocks’s films as they develop from the silent era to the New Hollywood of the 1970s as a richly fertile site in which students can learn the tools of Critical Media Analysis, including visual semiotics, visual narrative, the Male Gaze, politics of film, film genre, etc

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Film screenings on Monday 12-2 pm room 3

Tuesday 13.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 19.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 20.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 27.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 03.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 09.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 10.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 16.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 17.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 23.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 24.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 30.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 01.12. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 07.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Monday 14.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 15.12. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 11.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 12.01. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 18.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 19.01. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 25.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 26.01. 08:00 - 10:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Alfred Hitchcock’s body of work spans six decades of British and American cinema, from the silent era through Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’ to the ‘New Hollywood’ of the 60s and 70s. Long undervalued as a ‘Master of Suspense’, Hitchcock’s legacy has been reevaluated to that of a modernist auteur who blurred previous distinctions between popular and high culture. As a technical innovator, Hitchcock demonstrated that diverse cinematic techniques could be shaped into a powerful storytelling language. As a storyteller, he showed how this film language could be used to explore various twentieth-century concepts, anxieties, and thematic concerns, from murder and (im)morality to eroticism and shared guilt, love and duty, psychoanalysis and death. For students interested in developing greater media literacy in regard to film and popular culture, Hitchcock’s works are vital texts, and his influence on contemporary directors from Martin Scorsese to Christopher Nolan is profound and lasting.

In this course we will watch and discuss a key Hitchcock film from each era (short secondary articles will be provided in electronic form or made available for photocopying) in order to introduce students to the central theoretical approaches and conceptual/technical tools of film and critical media studies. In the process, students will gain greater critical appreciation of (1) the technical tools of film by exploring how Hitchcock conveys narrative with images rather than dialogue, creates meaning through the framing of shots, and solicits certain effects through sound and editing; (2) the history of film by considering how Hitchcock exploits and evolves various film schools and genres (Soviet montage, German Expressionism, French New Wave); and (3) various theoretical concepts and analytical methodologies associated with film and visual text analysis (visual Semiotics, Gender studies, Psychoanalysis, neo-Marxism). Thematic and theoretical topics for discussion will include: ‘The Double Chase Plot’; ‘Doppelgängers’; ‘Erotics & Voyeurism’; ‘Love & Duty’; ‘Shared Guilt’; ‘Meta-Cinema’; ‘Ideology’; ‘Representations of Gender’.

Assessment and permitted materials

Student presentation; in-class discussion and contribution; final essay

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

By the end of the course, students will have acquired the critical tools to:

• Recognize and correctly use the basic vocabulary of film studies and the techniques of cinema, as well as the fundamentals of theoretical concepts and relevant methodologies associated with visual text analysis;
• Appreciate the history and evolution of film, and how its most important genres relate to their cultural contexts;
• Perform close analyses of sequences from film, and demonstrate an understanding of how meaning can be encoded in visual texts; as well as the ways in which visual film language can represent and test various thematic concerns.

Examination topics

Reading list

Online Moodle Reader

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:33