Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

The Musical B

Module P4105B

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module will examine the musical, tracing the development and ideological implications of this Hollywood genre.

The module is divided into two sections. The first section will analyse the Hollywood musical through a specific focus on genre: the show/backstage musical, the fairy tale musical, the folk musical, the `new¿ musical and recent developments in the genre such as the `karaoke¿ musical.

The second section of the module will focus on the cultural debates raised by the musical text. Topics may include: race and ethnicity in the musical; camp and the musical; (hetero)sexuality and the musical and subcultural identification and the musical.


Rick Altman: The American Film Musical, Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1989
Rick Altman (ed.): Genre: The Musical,
Steven Cohan (ed.): Hollywood Musicals: The Film Reader, London & New York: Routledge, 2002
Cohan, Steven (ed.) The Sound of Musicals, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 2010
Cohan, Steven Incongrous Entertainment: Camp, Cultural Value and the MGM Musical, Durham: Duke University Press, 2005.
Jane Feuer: The Hollywood Musical, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993
Richard Dyer: Only Entertainment, New York: Routledge, 2002
---.(2011) In the Space of a Song: The Uses of Song in Film NewYork: Routledge
Helen Thomas (ed.): Dance, Gender, Culture, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993
Fitzgerald, Louise and Williams, Melanie (eds.) (2013) Mamma Mia! The Movie: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon (London: IB Tauris)

Module learning outcomes

Analyse how the musical as a genre functions ideologically.

Display an understanding of the specific, technological, ideological and aesthetic factors that have influenced the shape and character of certain musical subgenres.

Show critical awareness of the implication of genre as a social contract between filmmaker and audience.

Analyse film musicals within a range of historical, technological, aesthetic, social, cultural, economic and theoretical contexts, and demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation of theoretical approaches to film.

Demonstrate skills in the critical evaluation of theoretical approaches to film.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 100.00%

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 SemesterLecture1 hour111111111110
Spring SemesterFilm2 hours111111111110
Spring SemesterSeminar1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Niall Richardson

Convenor, Assess convenor

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