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Unit information: Screening Nations in 2015/16

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Unit name Screening Nations
Unit code DRAMM1119
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Maingard
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Screening Nations will examine the notion of national cinema and consider issues in its definition. Topics covered will include (as appropriate): key genres and themes in national and transnational cinemas; questions of the relation between natioanl and transnational cinemas with Hollywood and other national cinemas; policy, censorship and regulatory questions; the postition of the state and relations with government; globalistion and global media networks; colonial and post-colonial questions; representation, especially with regard to natioanl identities. It will also focus on issues such as popularity, audience response and cinema-going as a social/cultural activity. The unit will provide a context for further dissertation research.


  • To introduce major debates, themes and problems in relation to national cinemas, the transnational and world cinema
  • To historicise, problematise and interrogate ideas around 'national cinema'
  • To situate cinema within a global framework
  • To explore contexts of cinema reception and/or cinemas place in society
  • To examine the ways in which cinema and related media circulate internationally
  • To explore cinemas place within larger political, cultural and/or ideological histories.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • To understand and apply a range of methodologies to the study of cinema and shifting conceptions of the national
  • To critically analyse and apply a range of cultural theory (e.g., postcolonial theory) to cinema
  • To be able to analyse cinema in relation to audiences, industries and/or their national and international regulatory frameworks
  • To gain knowledge of a comparative and broad range of relevant cinema texts

Teaching Information

Seminars and screenings.

Assessment Information

Presentation (20%), 4000 word essay (80%)

Reading and References

  • Chaudhuri, Shohini, Contemporary World Cinema (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005).
  • Grant, Catherine and Annette Kuhn (eds), Screening World Cinema (London: Routledge, 2006).
  • Appadurai, Arjun, Modernity at Large (Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 1996).
  • Cook, Pam (ed.), The Cinema Book, 3rd ed. (London: British Film Institute, 2007).
  • Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey (ed.), The Oxford History of World Cinema (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996).
  • Hill, John and Pamela Church Gibson (eds.), World Cinema: Critical Approaches (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000).