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MA1051 Film and Television History

 Convenor: Dr JP Kelly

Tutor: Various

Teaching: 20 hours lectures, 20 hours seminars and screenings

Value: 1 unit

Availability: Autumn and Spring

This course introduces students to film and television history, spanning the last 100 years from the advent of cinema to current innovations in the area of new technologies and media. This broad historical sweep is intended to give you an historical knowledge to complement the theoretical emphasis of MA1052, knowledge that will in turn prove an essential grounding for future Media Arts courses undertaken in Years Two and Three.


Assessment: The course is assessed by means of:

  • an unseen examination (40 per cent of the overall course mark).
  • three essays (60 per cent of the overall course mark)
  • one essay of 1,350-1,650 words, worth 10 per cent of the overall course mark
  • one essay of 2,250-2,750 words, worth 25 per cent of the overall course mark
  • one essay of 2,250-2,750 words, worth 25 per cent of the overall course mark.

Week 1: Media Historiographies [Lecturer: Prof. John Ellis] Friday October 3rd.

Block 1: Hollywood

Week 2: America 1895 – 1920: From “Primitive” to “Classic” [Lecturer: Dr. Barry Langford] Friday October 10th

Week 3: America 1921 – 1945: The Classical Hollywood Cinema [Lecturer: Dr. Jacob Leigh] Friday October 17th

Week 4: America 1946 – 1965: Post-war Hollywood [Lecturer: Dr Barry Langford] Friday October 24th

Week 5: America 1966 – 1980: The “New Hollywood” [Lecturer: Dr Barry Langford] Friday October 31st

Week 6: Writing Skills [Warren Riches] Thursday 6th and Friday 7th November

Essay 1 Deadline: Thursday 13th November

Week 7: Corporate Hollywood and the Representation of Race, 1981-2007 [Lecturer: Dr. Lina Khatib] Friday November 14th

Block 2: Television

Week 8: The Evolution of Performance: Television in the 1950s [Lecturer: Prof. John Ellis] Friday November 21st

Week 9: Innovation and Experimentation: Television in the 1960s [Lecturer: Dr Cathy Johnson] Friday November 28th

Week 10: The Coming of Channel 4 [Lecturer: Prof. John Ellis] Friday December 5th

Week 11: The End of Public Service Broadcasting? [Lecturer: Dr Cathy Johnson] Friday December 12th

Essay 2 Deadline: Monday 12th January

Block 3: Radical Media, 1910 – 1945 

Week 12: Modernism and the Problem of Film as Art: From Abstraction to Intermediality [Lecturer: Prof. Christopher Townsend] Friday January 16th

Week 13: The Invention and Dissemination of Montage [Lecturer: Prof. Christopher Townsend] Friday January 23rd

Week 14: Surrealism: Cinema as Dream [Lecturer: Prof. Christopher Townsend] Friday January 30th

Week 15: The Birth of Documentary [Lecturer: Prof. Christopher Townsend] Friday February 6th

Block 4: National/World Cinemas, 1940-2008

Week 16: British Cinema, World War Two and the ‘Documentary-Realist’ Tradition [Lecturer: Prof. John Hill] Friday February 13th

Week 17: Writing Skills [Warren Riches] Thursday 19th and Friday 20th February

Week 18: The British ‘New Wave’ [Lecturer: Prof. John Hill] Friday 27th February

Week 19: The European New Waves [Lecturer: Dr Steven Marchant] Friday March 6th

Week 20: Cinema and Resistance: Women in Iranian Cinema [Lecturer: Dr Lina Khatib] Friday March 13th

Week 21: Diasporic cinema in contemporary Europe [Lecturer: Dr. Daniela Berghahn] Friday March 20th

Essay 3 Deadline: Thursday 26th March

Week 22: Media and Celebrity [Lecturer: Prof. Mandy Merck] Friday March 27th

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