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Course code: SCAN5840.
Course unit value: 0.5.
This unit has two key
objectives: (a) to enable students to develop the skills to analyse films as
texts in their cultural and historical contexts, and (b) to provide an overview
of the development and range of Nordic film as art and industry, within the
broader context of European film history. We will cover a variety of film
genres, ranging from the golden age of the silent period, through the great
Scandinavian auteurs Dreyer and Bergman, to contemporary ‘intercultural’ cinema
in the Nordic region.
The unit runs in the autumn term only and takes the form
of a two-hour introduced screening per week, followed the next day by a
two-hour seminar. Students are expected to undertake
preparatory reading for lectures and seminars, to attend all
to watch additional films as necessary.
A detailed course outline and week-by-week reading is available on the Scandinavian Studies moodle site (UCL user id and login required).
Assessment: one assessed 2 500 word essay (30%); and one assessed 4 000 word essay (70%).
Tutor: Dr Claire Thomson.
Preparatory reading and set texts:
- Susan Hayward, Cinema Studies. The Key Concepts (London, Routledge, 2001) and/or another introduction to film studies.
- Andrew Nestingen and Trevor Elkington (eds.), Transnational Cinema in a Global North: Nordic Cinema in Transition (Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 2005).
- Tytti Soila, Astrid Söderbergh-Widding and Gunnar Iversen, Nordic National Cinemas (London, Routledge, 1998).
- C. C. Thomson (ed.), Northern Constellations: New Readings in Nordic Cinema (Norwich, Norvik Press, 2006).