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Contemporary British Literature and Film

Find out about the course and how to apply.

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Develop your understanding of British culture

This 11-week course will give visiting and exchange students an overview of contemporary British literature and film.

Course description

On the course you will study a selection of films and texts to identify common themes and analyse these in the contexts of history, geography, and literary and film culture.

The course includes:

  • 'Talking Heads 2' by Alan Bennett (monologues)
  • 'The Bloody Chamber' by Angela Carter (short stories; film versions)
  • 'The Commitments' by Roddy Doyle (novel and film)
  • A selection of poetry from various parts of the British Isles

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'

You will be expected to watch a number of videos provided by the tutor and encouraged to visit the cinema to watch a new British film.

Having completed this unit you will be able to:

  • identify common themes in post-Second World War literature of the British Isles and characteristics of British film
  • identify and locate literature and film from different regions of the British Isles
  • make connections between literary texts and films 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, translation from text to film, and contemporary literary language
  • make connections between British, European and North American films.

Course information

The course will run from Thursday 10 February 2022 to Thursday 5 May 2022 (excluding 14 & 21 April) from 11:15am to 1:05pm in 8 West.

This course carries six credits. In order to be awarded credits, a minimum of 80% attendance is required.

Before signing up please make sure that the day and time do not clash with your academic timetable using your MyTimetable.


If you have any questions, please contact us.