Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
09 May 2023
Requisites for this module
This module is designed to introduce students to major developments in film outside the Hollywood tradition, by examining a number of cinemas from around the world.
We will consider stylistic and thematic concerns shared by certain schools of filmmakers in a given nation/region; we will also be looking at the ways in which films represent national/regional histories and the factors that shape their reception as national, transnational or 'world' cinemas.
In the autumn term, we will introduce the framework of genre as a way of approaching world cinema, focusing on popular genres – world cinema as local and/or global entertainment.
In the spring term, our attention will shift towards transnational trends and themes in world cinema, whilst acknowledging the genre categories that shape the production, distribution and reception of all films, including those marketed as 'art'.
Aims of the module:
1. To provide students with an overview and knowledge of major developments in film outside the Hollywood tradition
2. To provide opportunities for developing an understanding and critical analysis of the ways in which films represent national/regional histories and the factors that shape their reception as national, transnational or 'world' cinemas.
3. To develop students' analytical ability and understanding of key concepts and issues in contemporary world cinema.
By the end of the module, students should gain
1. A knowledge of key concepts and issues in contemporary world cinema production and distribution.
2. An ability to find and interpret relevant production and reception data.
3. An ability to undertake research on a theme or trend in world cinema, and discuss issues of aesthetics, production, distribution and exhibition.
4. An ability to clearly communicate knowledge and understanding of world cinema, in both oral and written work, using the appropriate conventions of scholarly argument.
No additional information available.
Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar
Dennison, S. and Lim, S.H. (2006) ‘Introduction’, in Remapping world cinema: identity, culture and politics in film. London: Wallflower Press, pp. 1–15.
Ruberto, L. and Wilson, K. (2007) ‘Introduction’, in Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, pp. 1–15.
Chakravarty, S.S. (2013) ‘Con-figurations: The Body as World in Bollywood Stardom’, in Figurations in Indian Film
. 1st ed. 2013. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, pp. 179–201. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1571866
Stafford, R. (2014b) ‘Case Study 6.4: Caramel (Lebanon/France, 2007) - European Funding and Support’, in The global film book
. London: Routledge, pp. 170–171. Available at: https://doi-org.uniessexlib.idm.oclc.org/10.4324/9780203130421
White, P. (2015) ‘Nadine Labaki’s Celebrity’, in Women’s cinema, world cinema: projecting contemporary feminisms
. Durham: Duke University Press, pp. 120–131. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=1963450
Halle, R. (2010) ‘Offering Tales They Want to Hear: Transnational European Film Funding as Neo-Orientalism’, in R. Galt and K. Schoonover (eds) Global art cinema: new theories and histories
. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 471–496. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=497594
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Moodle Quiz (Week 9)
||Presentation: In-class (Weeks 30-31)
||Film Case Study
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Shohini Chaudhuri, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor Shohini Chaudhuri
LiFTS General Office - email email@example.com.
Telephone 01206 872626
Dr Andrew Birtwistle
Canterbury Christ Church University
Reader in Film and Sound
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 18 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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