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Australian Film and Television (6 points)


Leader: Constantine Verevis and Deane Williams

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will enable students to critically evaluate the notion of nationalism as it emerges in Australian Film and Television. Initially the unit will explore traditional theoretical constructions of nationalism before considering the contemporary reconfiguring of nationalism. This reconfiguring will be performed in relation to discourses such as policy arrangements in relation to political machinations, auteur constructions, the tradition of landscape cinema, race relations, multiculturalism and beach culture. The unit will employ feature, documentary and short film as well as contemporary and archival televisual texts.

Assessment: Visual test (1.5 hrs): 40% + Essay (3000 words): 60%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 hour lecture and 1 hour tutorial) per week plus 2 hour screening

Prerequisites: One unit at first-year level in visual culture or comparative literature and cultural studies

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