Eastern European Cinemas: myth and memory (P5015)
30 credits, Level 6
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.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 55 hours of contact time and about 245 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- American Studies and Film Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- Art History and Film Studies BA
- Drama and Film Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and Film Studies BA
- English and Film Studies BA
- Film Studies BA
- Filmmaking BA
- Media and Communications (with a partnership year in Hong Kong) BA
- Media and Communications BA