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  1. Week 1: Gender and Feminist Film Criticism 3 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. The Piano - Jane Campion 2005 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document 

    2. Primary reading 2 items
      1. Movies and methods: an anthology, Vol.2

        Chapter Essential reading Read Mulvey, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

      2. The Oxford guide to film studies

        Chapter Essential reading Read White, Feminism and Film

  2. Week 2: Gender and Feminist Film Criticism: melodrama 2 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. Fear eats the soul - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation 2006 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential reading

    2. Primary reading 1 item
      1. Home is where the heart is: studies in melodrama and the woman's film - Thomas Elsaesser

        Chapter Essential reading Read Tales of Sound and Fury: Observations on the Family Melodrama. pp. 43-69.

  3. Week 3: Women in film (behind camera and onscreen) / case studies of Jane Campion, Iranian female filmmakers and women in animation. 16 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi 2007

        Audio-visual document Essential reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

    2. Primary reading 2 items
      1. Film: a critical introduction

        Chapter Essential reading Read Chapter 14, Film Authorship

    3. Recommended further viewing 7 items
      1. In the cut - Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kevin Bacon 2004 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. The Piano - Jane Campion 2005 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      3. The portrait of a lady - Jane Campion, Henry James, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (Firm) 2001 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      4. Point Break - Kathryn Bigelow 1991

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

      5. Zero Dark Thirty - Kathryn Bigelow 2012

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

      6. The hurt locker 2010 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      7. Blue Steel - Kathryn Bigelow 2006 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    4. Melodrama 6 items
      1. Imitation of life - Douglas Sirk, Fannie Hurst 2008 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. All that heaven allows - Douglas Sirk 2004 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      3. Fear eats the soul - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation 2006 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      4. Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss - Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Peter Märthesheimer, Pea Fröhlich, Thomas Schühly 2007 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      5. Far from heaven - Todd Haynes 2003, c2002 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      6. All about my mother - Pedro Almodâovar 1999 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

  4. Further Reading for Weeks 1-3 12 items
    1. Ways of seeing - John Berger 2008, c1972

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Feminism and film theory - Constance Penley 1988

      Book Recommended reading Read Bergstrom, J., 'Enunciation and Sexual Difference'.

    3. Feminist Film Criticism in the 21st Century - Shelley Cobb, Yvonne Tasker 12/2015

      Article Recommended reading

    4. Issues in feminist film criticism - Patricia Erens c1990

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Theories of authorship: a reader - John Caughie, British Film Institute 1981

      Book Recommended reading Read Flitterman, S., 'Women, Desire and the Look', pp. 242-250.

    6. From reverence to rape: the treatment of women in the movies - Molly Haskell, Manohla Dargis 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Feminist theory: from margin to center - bell hooks 2015 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Women and film: both sides of the camera - E. Ann Kaplan 1988, c1983

      Book Recommended reading

    9. The women who knew too much: Hitchcock and feminist theory - Tania Modleski 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    10. An Introduction to Film Studies - Jill Nelmes

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 9, pp. 268-305, Women and film

    11. Feminism and film theory - Constance Penley 1988

      Book Recommended reading Read Rose, J., 'Paranoia and the Film System', pp. 141-158.

  5. Week 4: Sexuality, Queer Theory and Performance 2 items
    As with feminist film theory, much of the work in the areas of sexuality and representation has its roots in Marxist and psychoanalytic criticism. Gender theory and queer theory introduce key ideas about identity and modernity from postmodernism into the debates about gender and sexuality. 'Queer theory' is a term of re-appropriation, and these sessions will examine the representation of sexuality in the mainstream and in the 1990s New Queer Cinema.
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. The celluloid closet: Part 1 - Robert Epstein, Vito Russo 1995 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential reading

    2. Primary reading 1 item
      1. Film: a critical introduction

        Chapter Essential reading Read Chapter 10, ‘Film and Ideology’, pp.309-342.

  6. Week 5: LGBTQIA identities 9 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. Call me by your name - Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Luca Guadagnino, André Aciman 2018 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential reading

    2. Primary reading 1 item
      1. The matter of images: essays on representation - Richard Dyer 2002

        Book Essential reading Read Chapter 4, ‘Seen To Be Believed: Some problems in the Representation of Gay People as Typical’, pp. 19-51.

    3. Recommended further viewing 7 items
      1. Poison - Jean Genet, Todd Haynes, Edith Meeks, Zeitgeist Films 1992 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. The living end: an irresponsible film - Gregg Araki, Desperate Pictures c2008 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      3. Swoon - Tom Kalin 2009 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      4. Blue Is the Warmest Colour - Abdellatif Kechiche 2013

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

      5. Carol - Todd Haynes 2015

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

      6. Moonlight - Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Andrâe Holland 2017 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      7. God's own country - Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones 2018 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

  7. Further reading for weeks 4 and 5 18 items
    1. The body's perilous pleasures: dangerous desires and contemporary culture - Michele Aaron 1998

      Book Recommended reading Read Aaron, M., ''Til Death Us Do Part: Cinema's Queer Couples Who Kill', pp. 67-84.

    2. Queer cinema: the film reader - Harry M. Benshoff, Sean Griffin 2004

      Book Recommended reading

    3. Brief encounters: lesbians and gays in British cinema 1930-1971 - Stephen Bourne 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    4. In the name of national security: Hitchcock, homophobia and the political construction of gender in postwar America - Robert J. Corber 1993

      Book Recommended reading Read Chapter 2, 'Reconstructing Homosexuality: Hitchcock and the Homoerotics of Spectatorial Pleasure', pp. 56-82.

    5. Now you see it: studies in lesbian and gay film - Richard Dyer, Julianne Pidduck 2003 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Read chapter 1, 'Shades of Genet'.

    6. The matter of images: essays on representation - Richard Dyer 2002

      Book Recommended reading Read chapter 4, 'Seen To Be Believed: Some problems in the Representation of Gay People as Typical', pp.19-51.

    7. Media, gender and identity: an introduction - David Gauntlett 2008

      Book Recommended reading Read chapter 7, 'Queer Theory and Fluid Identities', pp.145-163.

    8. Inside/out: lesbian theories, gay theories - D A Miller

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 5, Anal Rope, pp.119-141.

    9. Transgender on screen - John Phillips 2006 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Read chapters 'Introduction' and 'Walking on the Wildside: Shemale Internet Pornography'.

    10. Transgressive bodies: representations in film and popular culture - Niall Richardson c2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading Read ‘Introduction to Trans Debates’.

    11. The celluloid closet: homosexuality in the movies - Vito Russo 1987

      Book Recommended reading

    12. Between men: English literature and male homosocial desire - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Wayne Koestenbaum 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    13. The Oxford guide to film studies - Anneke Smelik

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 14, Gay and lesbian criticism, pp. 135-147.

    14. Screening the sexes: homosexuality in the movies - Parker Tyler 1993

      Book Recommended reading

    15. Vampires & violets: lesbians in film

      Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 2, A queer feeling when I look at you: Hollywood stars and Lesbian spectatorship in the 1930s, pp. 30-50.

  8. Week 6: Video essay guidance 1 item
    1. Reading 1 item
      1. The language and style of film criticism - Alex Clayton, Andrew Klevan, ProQuest (Firm) 2011 (electronic resource)

        Book Essential reading Read Keathley, Christian, ‘La Caméra Stylo: Notes on video criticism and cinephilia’.

  9. Week 7: Reading week 0 items
    No classes
  10. Week 8: Race and Hollywood cinema 31 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. Menace II society: this is the truth, this is what's real - Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes 1997 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential reading

    2. Rrecommended viewing 9 items
      1. The birth of a nation - D. W. Griffith, Thomas Dixon 2000 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner - Stanley Kramer 1967

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

      3. Sweet Sweetback's baadasssss song - Melvin Van Peebles 2005 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      4. Shaft - Gordon Parks 2009 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      5. Boyz n the hood - John Singleton 2006 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      6. New Jack City - Mario Van Peebles c1991, 1998 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      7. Daughters of the dust - Julie Dash, Geechee Girls Productions 2000 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      8. Moonlight - Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevante Rhodes, Andrâe Holland 2017], 2017 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      9. Get out - Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones 2017 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    3. This session continues to explore the structures of power within society and how they are represented in the media. In order to further understand how film and television texts embody certain values, beliefs and ideas, this week will examine the representation of race in Hollywood cinema.

    4. Primary reading 1 item
      1. Introduction to film studies - Jill Nelmes 2012

        Book Essential reading Read Francis, T., ‘Spectacle, Stereotypes, and Films of the African Diaspora’.

    5. Secondary reading 13 items
      1. Fear of the dark: 'race', gender and sexuality in the cinema - Lola Young 1996

        Book Recommended reading Esp. chapter 2 on 'race'.

      2. Television studies: the key concepts - Bernadette Marie Casey, ProQuest (Firm) 2002 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended reading Read 'Stereotypes'.

      3. The Oxford guide to film studies

        Chapter Recommended reading Read Wiegman, R., ‘Race, Ethnicity, and Film’.

      4. Black film/white money - Jesse Algeron Rhines 1996

        Book Recommended reading

      5. White screens, black images: Hollywood from the dark side - James A. Snead, Colin MacCabe, Cornel West c1994

        Book Recommended reading

      6. Redefining black film - Mark A. Reid 1993

        Book Recommended reading

      7. Cinema of outsiders: the rise of American independent film - Emanuel Levy c1999

        Book Recommended reading Read chapter 9, ‘Cinema of Diversity’ and chapter 11, ‘The New African American Cinema’.

      8. Celluloid mavericks: the history of American independent film - Greg Merritt c2000

        Book Recommended reading Read sections on ‘African Americans’ in several chapters.

      9. American independent cinema

        Chapter Recommended reading Read pp 32-73 'Section 2: African Americans'.

      10. The new Hollywood - Jim Hillier 1993

        Book Recommended reading

    6. Readings on cognitivist film theory 6 items
      1. Engaging characters: fiction, emotion, and the cinema - Murray Smith 1995

        Book Recommended reading

      2. Psychocinematics: exploring cognition at the movies - Arthur P. Shimamura 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended reading Read Plantinga, C., ‘The Affective Power of Movies’.

      3. Realism and popular cinema

        Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 5, ‘Discerning Viewers’, pp.122-142.

      4. Theorizing the moving image

        Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 5, ‘The Power of Movies’, pp.78-93.

      5. Passionate views: film, cognition, and emotion - Greg M. Smith

        Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 5, Smith, G. M., ‘Local Emotions, Global Moods, and Film Structure’, pp.103-126.

      6. Mystifying movies: fads & fallacies in contemporary film theory - Noèel Carroll 1988

        Book Recommended reading Esp. ‘An Alternative Account of Movie Narration’, pp.170-181.

  11. Week 9: African Cinema and Post-colonialism (DI) 20 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      In the first part of the 20th century Africans were almost completely excluded from the production of cinematic representations of their continent and everyday reality Films about Africa mostly reflected the aims of the colonial project or treated Africans as ethnographic subjects. Independence brought about the emergence of a vibrant film industry, especially in Francophone Africa. In this class, we will look at some of the first films made by African directors in response to decolonization. Focusing on Senegal, we will look at some of the approaches employed by African filmmakers in tackling issues of gender, class, modernity vs tradition and their countries’ relationship with former European colonizers.
      1. Timbuktu - Abderrahmane Sissako 2014

        Audio-visual document Essential reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

    2. Rrecommended viewing 3 items
      1. Black Girl: [and] Borom Sarret - Ousmane Sembáene c2005 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. Xala: The curse - Ousmane Sembáene 2005 (videorecording =)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      3. Touki Bouki: The hyena's voyage - Diop Mambety, Djibril 2005 (videorecording =)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    3. Primary reading 5 items
      1. African cinemas: decolonizing the gaze - Olivier Barlet 2000

        Book Recommended reading Read chapter 1: ‘Human Beings, Not Ants!’, pp.3-33.

      2. Political Allegory and "Engaged Cinema": Sembene's "Xala" - Marcia Landy, Sembene 21/1984

        Article Recommended reading

      3. African cinema: politics & culture - Manthia Diawara c1992

        Book Recommended reading

      4. Blackframes: critical perspectives on black independent cinema - Mbye B. Cham, Claire Andrade-Watkins, Celebration of Black Cinema, Inc c1988

        Book Recommended reading Read Diawara, M., ‘Film in Anglophone Africa’, pp.37-49.

      5. An introduction to post-colonial theory - Peter Childs, Patrick Williams 1997

        Book Recommended reading Read Introduction: ‘Points of Departure'.

    4. Further reading 11 items
      1. An introduction to post-colonial theory - Peter Childs, Patrick Williams 1997

        Book Recommended reading

      2. Africa shoots back: alternative perspectives in Sub-Saharan Francophone African film - Melissa Thackway 2003

        Book Recommended reading

      3. African filmmaking: north and south of the Sahara - Roy Armes 2006 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended reading

      4. Rethinking third cinema - Anthony Guneratne, Wimal Dissanayake, Sumita S. Chakravarty 2003

        Book Recommended reading

      5. Questions of third cinema - Jim Pines, Paul Willemen 1989

        Book Recommended reading

      6. African cinema: politics & culture - Manthia Diawara c1992

        Book Recommended reading

      7. African cinema: postcolonial and feminist readings - Kenneth W. Harrow 1999

        Book Recommended reading

      8. African experiences of cinema - Imruh Bakari, Mbye B. Cham, British Film Institute 1996

        Book Recommended reading

  12. WEEK 10: Race and ethnicity in British cinema and television (DI) 15 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. Bhaji on the beach - Gurinda Chanda, Meera Syal c2003 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    2. Rrecommended viewing 7 items
      1. My beautiful laundrette - Stephen Frears, Hanif Kureishi 1999 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. Bullet boy - Ashley Walters, Luke Fraser, Clare Perkins, Leon Black 2008 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      3. Kidulthood - Menhaj Huda, Aml Ameen 2008 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      4. Top boy: The complete first season - Yann Demange, Ashley Walters 2013 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      5. Top boy: The complete second season - Yann Demange, Ashley Walters 2013 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      6. Gone Too Far (2013) - Destiny Ekaragha 2013

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

      7. Belle - Amma director Asante 2014 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    3. Primary reading 1 item
      1. Black British cultural studies: a reader - Jim Pines

        Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 9, Pines, J., ‘The Cultural Context of Black British Cinema’, pp.183-193.

    4. Further reading 6 items
      1. The politics of contemporary European cinema: histories, borders, diasporas - Mike Wayne 2002

        Book Recommended reading Read chapter 5, ‘Diasporan Trends: Black Asian Cinema’.

      2. Black film, British cinema - Kobena Mercer, Institute of Contemporary Arts 1988

        Book Recommended reading

      3. There ain't no black in the Union Jack: the cultural politics of race and nation - Paul Gilroy 2002

        Book  Read chapter 5, ‘Diaspora, utopia and the critique of capitalism’; chapter 6: ‘Conclusion: Urban social movements, ‘race’ and community'.

      4. My beautiful laundrette - Christine Geraghty 2005

        Book Recommended reading

  13. Week 11: The working class in British cinema (DI) 19 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. Ratcatcher - Lynne Ramsey c2003 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Essential reading

    2. Rrecommended viewing 8 items
      1. Saturday night and Sunday morning - Alan Sillitoe 1993

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. Brassed Off - Mark Herman 1996

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access this film.

      3. The full monty - Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Peter Cattaneo, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc 2006 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      4. Nil by mouth - Gary Oldman 2000 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      5. Billy Elliot - Stephen Daldry, Working Title Films, BBC Films, Arts Council of England 2005 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      6. This is England - Shane Meadows, Mark Herbert, Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham 2007 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      7. Fish tank - Andrea Arnold 2010 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      8. I, Daniel Blake - Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Ken Loach 2017 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    3. Primary reading 1 item
      1. British cinema, past and present - Justine Ashby, Andrew Higson 2000

        Book Recommended reading Read: Monk, C. (2000) ‘Underbelly UK: The 1990s underclass film, masculinity and the ideologies of new Britain’.

    4. Further reading 9 items
      1. British social realism: from documentary to Brit-grit - Samantha Lay 2002

        Book Recommended reading

      2. Realism and the audiovisual media

        Chapter Recommended reading Read Bayman, L. (2009) ‘Melodrama as Realism in Italian Neorealism’.

      3. Realism and popular cinema - Julia Hallam, Margaret Marshment 2000

        Book Recommended reading Especially chapters 5 and 7.

      4. British cinema, past and present - Justine Ashby, Andrew Higson 2000

        Book Recommended reading Read Hallam. J. ‘Film, Class and National Identity: Re-imagining communities in the age of devolution’.

      5. British cinema of the 90s

        Chapter Recommended reading Hill, J. (2000) ‘Failure and Utopianism: Representations of the Working Class in British Cinema of the 1990s’.

      6. Visions of England: class and culture in contemporary cinema

        Chapter Recommended reading Read chapter 3, pp. 61-81 ‘The Working Class: Elegies’.

      7. British cinema of the 90s - Moya Luckett

        Chapter Recommended reading Read Luckett, M. (2000) ‘Image and Nation in 1990s British Cinema’, pp.88-99.

      8. Dissolving views: key writings on British cinema

        Chapter Recommended reading Read Chapter 9, Space, Place, Spectacle: Landscape and Townscape in the ‘Kitchen Sink’ Film, pp.133-156.

      9. The class ceiling - Leigh, Danny Oct 2018

        Article Recommended reading

  14. Week 12: Ecocriticism and nature in film and television 13 items
    1. Screening 1 item
      1. The cove - Louis Psihoyos 2009 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

    2. Rrecommended viewing 3 items
      1. Grizzly man - Werner Herzog 2006 (videorecording)

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading

      2. Blue Planet II 2017

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Log in to Box of Broadcasts in order to view/access the complete series.

      3. Springwatch 2005-present

        Audio-visual document Recommended reading Available via Box of Broadcasts: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/life/library/FindingInformation/Databases

    3. Primary reading 1 item
      1. EcoMedia - Sean Cubitt 2005

        Book Recommended reading

    4. Further reading 8 items
      1. Film & everyday eco-disasters - Robin L. Murray, Joseph K. Heumann 2014

        Book Recommended reading

      2. Ecocinema theory and practice

        Chapter Recommended reading Read Vivanco, L. (2013) ‘Penguins are good to think with: wildlife films, the imaginary shaping of nature, and environmental politics’.

      3. Green media and popular culture: an introduction - John Parham 2016

        Book Recommended reading

      4. Moving environments: affect, emotion, ecology, and film

        Chapter Recommended reading Smail, B. (2014) ‘Emotion, Argumentation, and Documentary Traditions’.

      5. Moving environments: affect, emotion, ecology, and film

        Chapter Recommended reading Welling, B. (2014) ‘On the “Inexplicable Magic of Cinema”: Critical Anthropomorphism, Emotion, and the Wildness of Wildlife Films’.

      6. Moving environments: affect, emotion, ecology, and film

        Chapter Recommended reading Murray, R. and Heumann, J. (2014). ‘Documenting Animal Rights and Environmental Ethics at Sea’.

      7. Affective ecologies: empathy, emotion, and environmental narrative - Alexa Weik von Mossner 2017 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended reading

      8. Ecocriticism - Greg Garrard, ProQuest (Firm) 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Recommended reading

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