Module Title:   Film - Narrative and Genre

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0154D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Peter Lassey

Additional Tutor(s):   Patrick Allen

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

The aims of the module are: to investigate the variety of ways in which filmmakers have constructed narratives, both fiction and non-fiction, and to explore the principles of narrative construction in cinema; to explore genre as a critical tool within Film Studies, suggesting why the concept became important in developing the subject area and exploring its application in contemporary work. (Two contrasting genres - in terms of themes, formal characteristics, ideologies etc - will be compared across Hollywood, European or World cinemas).

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Screenings and presentations by tutors, small and large group discussion will inform individual student research and close analysis of a range of cinematic texts. The `other hours` will be screenings of relevant films followed by discussion. The hours indicated for screenings are only approximate since flexibility is needed to take into account the different lengths of films. The short-answer examination will test students` knowledge of key factual information; the essay will allow them to apply this knowledge to selected film texts.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   171.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   4.00          Other:   12.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   1.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Describe the concept of film narrative and the range of narrative and non-narrative forms in cinema
Discuss the development of genre as a critical tool and identify the characteristics of specific cinematic genres.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Evaluate selected film texts, `reading` them in terms of narrative structure and generic characteristics.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Articulate opinions on organised evidence and communicate arguments coherently.

  Examination - closed book 1.00 50%
  MCQ and short answers
  Coursework   50%
  Essay 1800-2000 words max

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Key theoretical ideas about film narrative. The development of the narrative feature film in early cinema. Narrative in Classical Hollywood production. Modernist and Postmodernist narratives. Concepts of the avant garde and anti-narrative/non-narrative. Some definitions of `genre`. The importance of genre in the history of film studies. Detailed examination of genre texts from different cinemas. Examples of the development of genres over time and of inflections and generic hybrids. Discussion of the current state of genre cinema in Hollywood and elsewhere.
Key Texts

BARSAM, R. M., MONAHAN, D. & GOCSIK, K. M. W. A. M. 2010. Looking at movies: an introduction to film, New York, W. W. Norton.
BORDWELL, D. & THOMPSON, K. 2010. Film art: an introduction, New York, McGraw-Hill.
COOK, P. 2007. The cinema book, London, BFI.

GRANT, B. K. 2007. Film genre: from iconography to ideology, London, Wallflower.
NELMES, J. 2012. Introduction to film studies, Oxon; New York, Routledge.

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