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124260 KO Critical Media Analysis (2018W)

Hollywood Cinema

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

This course will be taught by Visiting Lecturer Dr Christian Long, University of Queensland, Australia, in blocked form, from October to beginning of December. He will be teaching under the non-EU staff exchange programme set up between the University of Vienna and a number of prestigious overseas universities. Further course details will become available shortly.

Friday 05.10. 14:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 08.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 12.10. 14:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 15.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 19.10. 14:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 22.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 29.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 05.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 09.11. 14:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 12.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 16.11. 14:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 19.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 23.11. 14:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 26.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Friday 30.11. 14:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Where do we mean when we say "Hollywood cinema"? This course will explore the global reach of Hollywood cinema in literal terms, tracking the narrative locations (and sometimes shooting locations) of films from the 1950s through the 2010 such as, 'Around the World in 80 Days' (1956), 'The Great Race' (1965), 'The French Connection' (1971), 'Romancing the Stone' (1984), 'Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles' (1994), 'The Day After Tomorrow' (2004), 'Cedar Rapids' (2011) and some films of the students' own choosing.

This seminar-style class will combine brief lecturer-delivered lectures and film screenings with student presentations (both solo and group), small group discussion, and full-class discussions of critical literature and films to investigate how Hollywood represents locations in the United States and beyond - and the relationships between those locations - to understand the contours of Hollywood’s imaginary geography of the world. We will combine an attention to the geography of films' narrative settings (perhaps with data visualizations) with more "standard" ideological criticism to combine film studies, geography/cartography, and digital humanities approaches. Themes that will occupy us throughout include the aesthetics and politics of geographic representation and the notion of "realistic" geography in film, and the meaning of one city or location playing another.

We will meet for two two-hour sessions (with a break between the sessions), and there will be an optional film screening scheduled at another time in the week. These screenings are not required, but cinema-going is a public experience, and I would encourage you to attend the screenings with your classmates. To return you to the cinema’s working-class roots, talking to the screen and to each other will be perfectly acceptable during these screenings as it was before picture houses began to imitate the theatre.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Readings and films
Readings:
Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson. Film Art. Ninth Edition. New York: McGraw
Hill, 2009.
Bordwell, David, Kristin Thompson and Janet Staiger. The Classical Hollywood
Cinema: Film Style & Mode of Production to 1960. London: Routledge, 1988.
de Certeau, Michel. The Practice of Everyday Life. Berkeley: University of California
Press, 1984.
Foucault, Michel. 'Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias' Diacritics 16.1
(1986), 22-27.
Harvey, David. Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography. London:
Routledge, 2001.
Inness, Sherrie. 'Lost in Space: Queer Geography and the Politics of Location' In
Queer Cultures. Deborah Carlin and Jennifer DiGrazia ed. New York: Prentice Hall, 2004. 258-78.
Lefebvre, Henri. The Production of Space. London: Blackwell, 1991.
Long, Christian. The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema, 1960-2000.
Bristol: Intellect, 2017.
Massey, Doreen. Space, Place and Gender. Cambridge: Polity, 1994.
Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History. London:
Verso, 2005.
Moretti, Franco. Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900. London: Verso, 1998.
Shiel, Mark and Tony Fitzmaurice Screening the City London: Verso, 2003. 160-
79.
Soja, Edward. Postmodern Geographies. London: Verso, 1989.
White, Richard. 'What Is Spatial History?' Spatial History Project.
https://web.stanford.edu/group/spatialhistory/cgi-bin/site/pub.php?id=29

Films:
Around the World in 80 Days (Michael Anderson, 1956)
Cat Ballou
Cedar Rapids (Miguel Arteta, 2011)
The Day After Tomorrow (Roland Emmerich, 2004)
Diamonds Are Forever (Guy Hamilton, 1971)
Fast Five (Justin Lin, 2011)
The Flamingo Kid
The French Connection (William Freidkin, 1971)
The Great Race (Blake Edwards, 1965)
Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (Neil Jordan, 1994)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956)
Master and Commander: Far Side of the World (Peter Weir, 2004)
Remember the Night (Mitchell Leisen, 1940)
Romancing the Stone (Robert Zemeckis, 1984)
True Lies (James Cameron, 1994)

Association in the course directory

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

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