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EL10504: Contemporary literature & film of the British Isles

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Academic Skills Centre
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (CW 25%)
  • Presentation (CW 25%)
  • Timed Essay (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is solely for Socrates-Erasmus, Exchange and Visiting students.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To gain an overview of the kind of literature and films emerging in recent years from various regions of the British Isles.

Learning Outcomes:
Having completed this unit students will be able to:
* identify themes common in post-Second World War literature of the British Isles
* identify and locate literature from different regions of the British Isles
* make connections between literary texts and their social, political, regional and artistic contexts
* apply a variety of methods of critical analysis to literary texts and films
* analyse verbal and non-verbal communication in film
* analyse translation from text to film
* analyse contemporary literary language
* identify characteristics of British film
* identify themes common in British film
* identify and locate film from different regions of the British Isles
* make connections between films and their social, political, regional, artistic and commercial contexts
* make connections between British, European and North American films.

Having completed this unit students will be able to:
* introduce and discuss individually researched material to others (F/A)
* apply a variety of methods of critical analysis to text (F/A)
* give seminar presentations, learning to suit their material to their audience and to lead discussion and encourage participation (F/A).

1) Talking Heads 2 by Alan Bennett (monologues)
2) The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (short stories; film versions)
3) The Commitments by Roddy Doyle (novel and film)
4) A selection of poetry from various parts of the British Isles
5) Additional films will be selected from the following list:
* Clockwise
* Shirley Valentine
* Four Weddings and a Funeral
* Trainspotting
* The Full Monty
* The Blue Boy
* East is East
* The Remains of the Day
* The Wrong Trousers
Students will be expected to watch a number of videos provided by the tutor. Students will also be encouraged to visit the cinema, to watch a new British film.
The themes of Place, Class and Humour, Fairytale, Dream and Transformation will be discussed in relation to texts and films on this unit.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EL10504 is Optional on the following programmes:

English Language Centre
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.