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Contemporary Film Theory and Criticism (12 points)


Leader: Con Verevis

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This is primarily a reading unit that will consider aspects of film theory since 1975. A major portion of the unit will be devoted to the debates around modernism and post-modernism as they relate to film studies. Other areas of investigation include: textual analysis, feminist film theory, historical poetics, historical reception studies, queer film theory, and the impact of the cultural studies and Cinema books of Gilles Deleuze. Film texts for exploration will include those from Australian, American, European and Asian cinemas.

Assessment: First essay (3000 words): 35% + Second essay (4500 words): 45% + Seminar participation and paper (1500 words): 20%

Contact Hours: 2 hours plus 2 hour screening per week

Prerequisites: Two units at second-year level in visual culture, comparative literature and cultural studies or history

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