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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.

Booking for the Semester 2 British Studies courses has now closed.


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