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This subject will examine the development of contemporary film theory from the post-1968 period to the present. Students will be expected to evaluate critically the significance of a number of the following theoretical approaches to an understanding of the cinema. These approaches will be selected from the following: semiotics, post-structuralism, feminist film theory, surrealist theory, psychoanalysis, post-auteurism, postmodernism, postcolonial, queer theory, and recent research in human/animal studies on screen. Students will attend seminars that involve a variety of approaches: close textual analysis, research, thesis writing and the presentations of papers.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject will be able to:
- have a comprehensive understanding of key film theoretical models of the post-60s;
- apply various theories to an analysis of the cinema; and
- critically evaluate the significance of film theory for film interpretation.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- possess advanced skills of critical thinking and analysis;
- develop research and writing skills;
- be able to account for the relationship between the film industry and film form;
- possess an ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly, economically and effectively; and
- have an understanding of social, ethical and cultural context.
Last updated: 3 November 2022