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Spring 2017-2018
ENG 355 (LA)   na, npdf

British Cinema

Sarah A. Chihaya

This course will offer a survey of UK popular cinema from the 1920s to the present. We will investigate how this cinema tradition addresses questions of national identity and history: in the aftermath of the British Empire, what is England? How can popular cinema offer critique and reevaluation of social and economic crises? We will also trace the relationship between British cinema and Hollywood, from the origins of both of these national industries, through international obsessions like the Bond films, the unexpected success of Working Title rom coms of the 90s, and the influence of indie classics like Danny Boyle's "Trainspotting".

Sample reading list:
Powell and Pressburger, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
David Lean, Brief Encounter
Derek Jarman, Jubilee
Mike Newell, Four Weddings and a Funeral
Andrea Arnold, Fish Tank
Shane Meadows, This is England
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Three film analysis assignments (3 pages each); Final paper in lieu of exam (7-8 pages); seminar archive report.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Students will view two to three films per week, which will be available to stream via Blackboard. Secondary readings will be assigned from David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, "Film Art": "An Introduction", and Robert Murphy, "The British Cinema Book". Departmental Distribution: Theory/Criticism, Modernity

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41048 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:16 Limit:14 Closed