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Module

CAH3025 : Celluloid History II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Rowland Smith
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module investigates the subject of the 'recreation' of the historical past in film ['recreation' being construed here as 'fictional' representations in retrospectively created 'epic' or 'historical' movies rather than in contemporary documentary film], and the standing of filmic representation as historical evidence, both for the past event/episode depicted in the movie and for the political and socio-cultural context within which the movie-maker was working conditions. The subject is investigated principally through study of a set of cinematic representations of 'pasts', selected with an eye to a particular theme (e.g., 'the representation of resistance, rebellion and revolution'). The module focuses particularly on 'epic' cinematic representation of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire, but cinematic representations of post-classical and modern episodes are also studied for comparison and contrast.The aims of this module are to provide an opportunity: to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject and a closer critical knowledge of some prescribed filmic 'texts'; to read widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with the subject; and to develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Film and Reception: basics of film-theory and reception-theory; cinema and historiography; historical fact and fiction in the movies; political contexts of Hollywood Epic; plus stydy of a selected set of cinematic representations of the past. The module focuses on a guiding historical theme; 'the representation in the movies of resistance, rebellion and revolution', with reference to a selected sequence of films. A sequence of up to ten filmic representations of historical topics/episodes will be studied in the course of the module.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable