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124260 KO Critical Media Analysis (2016W)

Lives on Screen. 20th- and 21st-Century Biopics

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

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 07.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 14.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 21.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 28.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 04.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 11.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 18.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 25.11. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 02.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 09.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 16.12. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 13.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 20.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 27.01. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

People are eternally fascinated by other people's life stories, and the urge to record these stories is often considered a basic human need. This course will explore the representation of historical and contemporary lives on the silver screen. The films we will study are The Danish Girl (2015), Belle (2013), Song of Love (1947), I Am Not There (2007), and some biopics of the students' own choosing.
We will take a look at the representation and appropriation of historical lives in the context of contemporary discourses of celebrity, national identity, and gender. Themes that will occupy us throughout include the aesthetics and politics of subject representation and the notion of biographical truth in artistic media, the questions whose lives get told, for what purposes, and in what form.

AIMS:
-- Students will become familiar with a range of biographical motion pictures.
-- They will be able to explain key concerns articulated in these films and contextualize them appropriately with reference to their generic context, to historical sources, and to the wider cultural and political discourses in which they participate. They will be able to apply various critical approaches to biopics, such as biographical theory, cultural memory studies, gender and postcolonial theory, in presentations, discussions and in a short scholarly paper.
-- They will develop a thorough knowledge of concepts and terminology central to the study of film and thus hone their skills in the critical analysis and interpretation of films in general, and biopics in particular.

METHODS:
Class discussions, reading assignments, oral presentations, group work, written assignments, eLearning

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation (20%; including oral contributions in class & course blog entries)
Group presentation (30%)
Portfolio (50%; consisting of a critical summary of a theoretical text, a film review, a critical reflection, and a short academic paper)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

This is an interactive course (prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung). In addition to completing a (written) portfolio, participants are expected to read all set texts/view set films and to actively participate in class and/or contribute to our blog throughout the semester.

Reading list

-- Andrew Dix, Beginning Film Studies, Manchester University Press 2008
-- Belén Vidal, Introduction: The Biopic and its Critical Contexts; The Biopic in Contemporary Film Culture, ed. Tom Brown & Belén Vidal, Routledge 2014.
Further texts will be announced in class.

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

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