Media and film studies
Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory
Module code: P5015
30 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar, Film
Assessment modes: Coursework
This module enables you to engage with key critical debates, films and historical contexts from the cinemas of Eastern Europe, in both communist and post-communist eras.
Topics of inquiry will consider interfaces between aesthetics, politics and society, and may include such topics as:
- socialist realism, critical realism and antirealism
- popular genres and 'new waves'
- history, memory and narratives of war and nation
- representations of gender, the individual, and the collective
- the work of auteurs (e.g., Tarkovsky, Wajda and Wolf)
- state propaganda and censorship
- filmmaking after the collapse of communism
- methodological implications of a retrospective and Western perspective.
In addition to exploring such issues, you will deepen your skills in independent research and higher-level contextual and textual analysis.
Module learning outcomes
- Deploy critical and systematic analysis of film texts from Eastern Europe in re-lation to specific social and political contexts.
- Demonstrate appropriate understanding of critical debates on the cultural and political significance of films from Eastern European cinemas.
- Demonstrate appropriate understanding of methodological issues raised in ap-proaching Eastern European cinemas from a retrospective and Western European perspective.
- Apply the critical approaches encountered on the model to an extended study.
- Demonstrate appropriate capacity for individual research and skills in written communication.