This 11-week course will give visiting and exchange students an overview of contemporary British literature and film.
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:
- 'Shirley Valentine'
- 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'
- '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.
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.
Booking for the Semester 2 British Studies courses has now closed.