School of English

Contemporary Stylistics (Q3152)

Contemporary Stylistics: The discourse of film and drama

Module Q3152

Module details for 2014/15.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

The module introduces students to the main issues and themes in the study of language and literature with specific reference to those narrative forms in which the viewers are actively involved as 'ratified overhearers'. These include film and drama in which the discourse reflects the typical double plane of communication between the characters in the story, on one level, and the external viewers on the other. The module revolves around the idea that theatre and film offer re-presentations of the world. In so doing, they reorganise and recreate language, together with time and space, in respect of socio-cultural and media conventions and expectations. The module familiarises the students with a number of approaches and practices in modern stylistics and explores such issues as characterisation, the relation between real-life and fictional talk, deixis and the construction of viewpoint, the notion of narrative. The module also discusses the concept of genre and focuses on the specific discursive representation within the confines of comedy, drama, horror and on what can be defined hybrid genres.

Module learning outcomes

Show an understanding of the role and function of linguistic strategies in such narrative texts as film and theatre and the relevance of discourse analysis tools for providing an in-depth understanding of those texts by selecting particular aspects to discuss in their presentation and essay.

Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the actors on screen/stage and the viewers by identifying in the texts the degree of information that is deliberately conveyed to or withheld from the viewers for a specific reason.

Appreciate the relation between the market genre classification, the viewers' expectations and how all this is reflected in the language of a particular film through an analysis devoted to a specific aspect of a film.

Show the ability to apply specific theories for the stylistic interpretation of cinema and theatre to the chosen texts.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 12 70.00%
PresentationT2 Week 12 (15 minutes)30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Charlotte Taylor

Assess convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Dr Roberta Piazza

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Lynne Cahill

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

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