Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Steven Price
Overall aims and purpose
To assess the arguments for and against notions of cinematic authorship, including collaborative authorship, via a detailed examination of a wide range of films by Alfred Hitchcock.
To study the historical, social and industrial contexts influencing Hitchcock’s work in a range of different national cinemas (German, British, American).
To explain the differences between film and literary production and methods of critical analysis and interpretation via a study of adaptation, screenwriting, and spectatorship in Hitchcock’s work.
Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most notable example of a director whose films were popular both with audiences and with critics seeking to establish the credibility of film as an art form. His work provides a case-study of theories of authorship; of different national cinemas and studio systems, and of a particular genre, the thriller. In addition, the popularity and accessibility of Hitchcock’s films also raise questions concerning narrative, spectatorial pleasure, the gaze, and gender, and consequently provide an opportunity to explore the interrelation and limits of film theory and film practice
Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: • Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas • Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner • Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers • Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic • Little evidence of background reading • Some uncertainty over language and syntax • Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative • In creative work: superficial • Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium
Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas adeptly • Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired • Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant • Shows analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of relevant reading • Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. • A few minor errors here and there. • Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium • Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps
Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities:
• Discusses ideas with confidence and precision • Demonstrates maturity and sophistication • Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant • Shows independent, analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading • Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language • Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought • In creative work: displays considerable originality • Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production
Understand the concept and main critiques of film authorship.
Understand the social, historical, cultural and institutional contexts of film production.
Ability to apply film theories to the study of individual films.
Ability to analyse images, narratives, and other aspects of audio-visual texts.
Select, digest and organise material and produce a consistent and coherent argument, presented in essay form, to a deadline.
|One 4,000 word project||100|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
2 hour film screening per week x 11
2 hour seminar per week x 11
1hour study group per week x 11
1 x 2 hour film screening, weekly
1 x 2 hour seminar, weekly
1 film screening, weekly.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/qxe-2024.html
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- 2P78: BA English Lit with Creative Writing with International Exp year 2 (BA/ECI)
- Q3WP: BA Eng Lang with Film Studs year 2 (BA/ELFS)
- 2P17: BA English Literature and Creative Writing year 2 (BA/ENCW)
- 2D13: BA English Literature with Creative Writing year 2 (BA/ENGLC)
- W620: BA Film Studies year 2 (BA/FLM)
- 2W89: BA Film Studies (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/FSIE)
- V1W6: BA History with Film Studies year 2 (BA/HFS)
- Q2W9: MArts English Literature with Creative Writing year 2 (MARTS/ELCW)
- Q320: MArts English Literature year 2 (MARTS/ELIT)
Optional in courses:
- W890: BA Creative&Professional Writing year 2 (BA/CPW)
- Q300: BA English year 2 (BA/E)
- Q3W4: BA English with Creative Writing year (BA/ECW)
- Q310: BA Eng Lit with Eng Lang year 2 (BA/ELEL)
- 3QV1: BA History and English Literature year 2 (BA/ELH)
- 09V3: BA English Literature and Italian year 2 (BA/ELI)
- 3YT5: BA English Literature and Spanish year 2 (BA/ELIS)
- 065C: BA English Literature with Journalism year 2 (BA/ELJ)
- 1Q3Q: BA Linguistics and English Literature year 2 (BA/ELL)
- QQC3: BA English Lang and Lit year 2 (BA/ELLIT)
- 32N6: BA English Literature and Music year 2 (BA/ELM)
- 32M8: BA English Literature with Theatre and Performance year 2 (BA/ELTP)
- M3Q9: BA English Literature and Criminology and Criminal Justice year 2 (BA/ENC)
- Q3Q2: BA English Language w English Lit year 2 (BA/ENGEL)
- 8H25: BA English Literature year 2 (BA/ENGL)
- 8H26: BA English Literature (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/ENIE)
- 06CD: BA French and English Literature year 2 (BA/FEL)
- T125: BA Film Studies and Chinese year 2 (BA/FSCH)
- P3W8: BA Film Studies and Creative Writing year 2 (BA/FSCW)
- 3P3Q: BA Film Studies and English Literature year 2 (BA/FSEL)
- PQ3J: BA Film Studies and English Language year 2 (BA/FSELAN)
- PR31: BA Film Studies and French year 2 (BA/FSFR4)
- PR32: BA Film Studies and German year 2 (BA/FSGER)
- P3V1: BA Film Studies and History year 2 (BA/FSH)
- P0R3: BA Film Studies and Italian year 2 (BA/FSI)
- PR34: BA Film Studies and Spanish year 2 (BA/FSSPAN4)
- P3W4: BA Film Studies with Theatre year 2 (BA/FSWTH)
- 3N7S: BA German and English Literature year 2 (BA/GEL)
- Q1Q3: BA Ling with Eng Lit year 2 (BA/LEL)
- T124: BA English Literature & Chinese year 2 (BA/LITCH)
- 3HPQ: BA Media Studies and English Literature year 2 (BA/MEN)
- WW36: BA Music and Film Studies year 2 (BA/MUSFS)
- 3VQV: BA Philosophy and Religion and English Literature year 2 (BA/PREN)
- W6W8: BA Professional Writing & Film year 2 (BA/PWF)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 2 (BA/SEL)
- VP23: BA Welsh History and Film Studies year 2 (BA/WHFS)