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World Cinema / World Literature

Module titleWorld Cinema / World Literature
Module codeEASM167
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Chris Campbell (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This team taught module, considers the relationship between the production of cinema and literature and debates around the critical and theoretical concepts of ‘world’ cinemas and literatures and their articulation around world revolutionary moments and cultures of protest and dissent. Interdisciplinary in approach, this module is suited to students with an interest in world, global and postcolonial film and literary studies.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to���¢�¯�¿�½���¨trace conceptual and theoretical connection between world cinematic and literary productions to highlight the political, social and cultural legacies of an increasingly interconnected world. Focused on a range of genres (fiction, non-fiction essay, memoir, fictional film and documentary), you will investigate key world revolutionary moments of the mid-20th century, cutting across diverse territories and modes of representation to give you the���¢�¯�¿�½���¨opportunity to extend your knowledge in an emergent area of interdisciplinary research that remains contested. The module will enable you to study cinemas and literatures characterised by non-mainstream or alternative aesthetics, and offers you the opportunity to consider a wide range of directors and writers and their often insurgent, counterhegemonic cultural productions relating to revolutionary moments, the spectres of partition, and protest and revolt. Conceptually, the module enables you to study the intersection between the complex critical-theoretical debates across the disciplines, taking account of the multinational dimension of film production and publishing. Regions covered by the module may include���¢�¯�¿�½���¨Africa, Europe, East and South Asia, Latin America, and the Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanic Caribbean. The module will provide���¢�¯�¿�½���¨advanced methodological training in working across disciplines, in exploring pathways to use critical theoretical concepts to analyse���¢�¯�¿�½���¨works of film and literature, and in using bibliographic and electronic resources.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to analyse film and literary texts using appropriate formal and critical terminologies relating to world cinemas and world literatures
  • 2. Demonstrate an advanced appreciation of the conceptual debates around issues of world cinematic and literary narrative as well as uneven distributions of media technologies
  • 3. Demonstrate advanced and autonomous skills in the research and evaluation of world literary and cinematic critical and theoretical concepts in relation to the study of film and literature

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of issues of readership and spectatorship in relation to literary and cinematic form
  • 5. Demonstrate a sophisticated and intellectually mature ability to analyse literature and films of different geographical locations and aesthetics
  • 6. Demonstrate an advanced and autonomous proficiency in the close formal, thematic, and generic analysis of different genres of film and literature

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Through essay-writing, demonstrate advanced research and bibliographic skills and the ability to construct a coherent, substantiated argument
  • 8. Through the planning and organisation of research projects, demonstrate time-management skills and independent thinking

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following thematic blocks:

  • Introducing World Cinemas and World Literatures
  • Protest and Revolt
  • Partitions
  • World Revolutions – Revolutionary Worlds in Film and Fiction

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 22Seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 33Weekly Film Viewings
Guided Independent Study100Seminar reading and preparation
Guided Independent Study145Research and essay preparation

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Sequence analysis, primary document or close reading analysis 252500 words1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Essay755000 words1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Sequence analysis, primary document or close reading analysisSequence analysis, primary document or close reading analysis1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Essay Essay1-8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative Core Reading:

  • Alejo Carpentier, The Kingdom of this World
  • James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro
  • Tahmima Anam, A Golden Age
  • Bernhard Schlink, The Weekend

Indicative Core Viewing:

  • Uli Edel, The Baader Meinhof Complex
  • Göran Olson, BlackPower Mixtape
  • Raul Peck, I’m Not Your Negro
  • Werner Herzog, Little Dieter Needs to Fly
  • Peter Davies, Hearts and Minds

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

World Literatures, World Cinemas, Postcolonial Literature and Film

Credit value30
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