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124262 KO Critical Media Analysis (2016W)

Mirror Mirror on the Screen. Approaching Film Studies and Film History through Metacinema

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

Tuesday 11.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 18.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 25.10. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 08.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 15.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 22.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 29.11. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 06.12. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 13.12. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 10.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 17.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 24.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Tuesday 31.01. 18:00 - 20:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Already at the turn of the turn of the twentieth century, when The Countryman and the Cinematograph (1901) and The Big Swallow (1901) first raised questions about the power of the then-new cinematic medium, films exhibited a self-reflexive interest in their own condition as fiction and artefact. Fast forward a century, and we can observe that this interest has by now means diminished: The Artist (2011), Hugo (2011), Hitchcock (2012), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), … Recent years have delivered a plethora of metafilms – films about films, films about filmmaking, films about film-viewing, etc. – which foreground the inherent artifice of the medium.

This course will introduce students to the study of film and its history through metafilms, which act as critics, theorists and/or historians of their own medium. The discussion of films that are all metareferential to varying degrees will be complemented by readings, which will range from more general approaches to theorizing film to more specific discussions of metacinema. In the process, students will be familiarized with (1) the vocabulary of film studies and the techniques of cinema by exploring how metafilms lay bare the modes of representation and signifying devices unique to the medium, (2) the history of film by considering cinema’s fascination with its own past, and (3) various theoretical models and methodological concepts relevant to the study of film.

Assessment and permitted materials

In-class and online participation, midterm exam, and group presentation.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participation (in-class and online blog): 30%
Midterm exam: 30%
Group presentation: 40%

Examination topics

Course readings and the concepts and vocabulary of Film Studies introduced in class.

Reading list

Readings will be made available on Moodle.

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: Fr 31.08.2018 08:50