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124266 KO Critical Media Analysis (2018S)

Reading Classic Western Movies

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

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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

Thursday 08.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 15.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 22.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 12.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 19.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 26.04. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 03.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 17.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 24.05. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 07.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 14.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 21.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 28.06. 14:00 - 16:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims: The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the filmic, social and political intricacies of some famous Western movies and with how this genre has, over time, developed its own imaginary, language, ethos (good, bad, ugly?), and configuration of (often stereotyped) characters (the cowboy, the gunman, the rustler, the sheriff, the prostitute, ...).

Content: In this seminar we will watch, "read" and discuss some "classic" (= trendsetting, paradigmatic) as well as "revisionist" Western movies:

Stagecoach (John Ford, 1939)
Shane (George Stevens, 1953)
The Searchers (John Ford, 1956)
Hang 'em High (Ted Post, 1968)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (Sam Peckinpah, 1973)
Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
Appaloosa (Ed Harris, 2008)

While we will discuss the filmic language(s) of these works, the main focus of the seminar will be on typical Cultural Studies questions, such as:
- how are the political and social realities of the (post-Civil War) Western territories depicted?
- how are "non-white" ethnic populations (esp. Native Americans and Mexicans) portrayed?
- how is masculinity (all that gunslinging!) constructed?
- how are the female characters presented?
- what is the political aspect of the movie (e.g., as a commentary on the contemporary USA)?

Methods: Multidisciplinary discussion of the movies and presentations of students' papers in class.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance (the maximum number of absences is 2), participation in class discussions, 10 min. oral presentation of a researched essay (2,000 words, on one of the movies), a short paper (1.000 words) on a specific Western topic (e.g., on Native American tribes, history of places and territories, development of firearms), and a final written test.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation in class (10%)
Essay (40%)
Oral presentation of essay (15%)
Short paper (15%)
Final essay (20%)

Examination topics

All the material covered in class

Reading list

Information and links will be posted on Moodle.

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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