MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
MA Film Studies options

Year 1, Component 06

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Audiovisual Translation

What is audiovisual translation? This module will introduce you to the key theoretical concepts and professional practices in audiovisual and multimodal text translation. You will explore key theories and current trends in the field and develop a critical awareness of the practical, linguistic, social and cultural issues associated with audiovisual translation. Practical assignments in subtitling, dubbing and voiceover will help you to apply your knowledge and develop the technical skillss required to work in this specialised field.

Climate Fiction

The module responds to the global climate emergency by exploring how fictional writing, and some visual fiction, responds and has responded to climate change. We will explore and analyze historical and contemporary fiction (e.g., prose, poetry, some film and other visual imagery) beginning with an example from ancient classical literature, but most of the primary texts will be contemporary.

Documentary and the Avant-garde: Film, Video, Digital

What do we mean by documentary? How does documentary feed into our ongoing fascination with reality? Examine non-fiction films and more recent hybrids, such as mockumentaries, reality TV and real-life programming. Examine avant-garde filmmaking approaches in relation to how we perceive and question reality and real-life stories.

Women Filmmakers

How significant is the gender of a filmmaker? Do women make films differently? What are the barriers and constraints that women face, and how do they differ from place to place? Which critical perspectives and scholarly strategies enhance our understanding and analysis of women`s filmmaking? This module explores the different types of films that women filmmakers make, from the avant-garde and experimental to the mainstream. We will look at the roles of women in the film industry internationally, past and present, and how women filmmakers have attempted to reinvent cinematic form or worked within existing conventions and industry structures. On the one hand, our concerns will be theoretical: we will investigate the intersections between feminist film theory and women's filmmaking practice, raising questions of the cinematic gaze, voice and touch, the articulation of female subjectivity and resistance against conventional ways of making films. On the other hand, we will be considering the practical conditions and implications for women in the industry, including sources of support, circuits and forums in which films by women are shown and debated, and the institutional means through which women's creative achievements are acknowledged and remembered.

Screenwriting Workshop

Screenwriting is a vital part of the filmmaking process and this module will introduce you to the practical aspects of writing for the screen; from initiating ideas through to structuring a story, characterisation, dialogue and formatting.

Queer: Literature, Culture, History

Beginning with the influential case of the Wilde trial in the final years of the Victorian period, the module traces some of the main strands of queer culture throughout the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. As well as reading a selection of classic works of gay and lesbian fiction, you will also engage with journalism, letters, essays, memoir, visual art, documentary, film drama, and queer theory. Drawing on these varied sources, we will explore the modern cultural history of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gender-diverse people. Topics addressed include: the shifting status of same-sex desire in western culture; homosexuality in the nineteenth century; gay rights in the twentieth century; gay and lesbian fiction and memoir; constructions of gender and sexuality within medical and psychiatric discourse; intersectionality; black lesbian feminism; discourse, knowledge, and power; the Stonewall uprising and its precursors; the AIDS epidemic; the New Queer Cinema; transgender identity and activism; queer theory; LGBTQ Hollywood and world cinema; and contemporary queer culture. The module takes a comparative, interdisciplinary approach in order to show how the topics addressed have been taken up in different mediums and in varying cultural and historical contexts. While much of our focus will be on historical examples, consideration will be given throughout to how the texts on the syllabus illuminate present-day issues and debates.

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