Undergraduate Course: Intimate Exposures: Fifty Years of French First-Person Cinema (ELCF10068)
|School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
|College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Not available to visiting students
|The so-called "cinema of the self" is a predominant current in contemporary French film-making. Unlike autobiographical documentary films, this cinema emphasises the construction, not the recording, of a self, via filmic journeys into the selfhood and identity of a talismanic figure closely identified with "sometimes identical to" the film-director. Emphasis on personal histories, memories, desires and itineraries (sometimes invented) as a key to identity provides an autobiographical aspect to such films, although autobiography has only slippery relations with the cinema. Challenging ways in which the self can be represented, these films belong to a Nouvelle Vague film-making tradition (as will be explored). Through their fascination with the screening, staging and exposure of the self, they also participate in a postmodern preoccupation in contemporary French culture with all that is testimonial, confessional, intimate and personal. These films reveal connections between personal identity and traumatic legacies of war and colonial conflict; cultural memory and amnesia; gender, sexuality, AIDS, and ethnic difference.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Show understanding, both orally and in writing, of the distinctive qualities of French first-person cinema, as these manifest in a range of twentiethcentury and contemporary films in French that will be studied on the course, as well as the capacity to relate French cinematic preoccupations with representing first-person experience to relevant social, cultural and theoretical contexts.Show understanding, both orally and in writing, of the distinctive qualities of French first-person cinema, as these manifest in a range of twentiethcentury and contemporary films in French that will be studied on the course, as well as the capacity to relate French cinematic preoccupations with representing first-person experience to relevant social, cultural and theoretical contexts.
- Execute and present, both orally and in writing, analyses of films, with due regard to the specificities of the medium of film, and using analytical strategies, techniques and terminology appropriate to the academic study of film (this includes the production of sequence analyses).
- Articulate their insights and analyses relating to these French-language films and their contexts orally in French, demonstrating as they do so a satisfactory grasp of register, vocabulary and grammatical and syntactical structures in the target language.
- Interpret and synthesise, both orally and in writing, information drawn from a variety of written as well as audiovisual sources, including selected films from amongst those that constitute the set primary works of the course, as well as critical and theoretical perspectives found in works of scholarly secondary literature.
- Construct coherent discussions which engage satisfactorily and knowledgeably with the selected films and the conceptual material studied on the course, and to present these discussions with a satisfactory level of clarity and scholarly rigour in both oral and written forms.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|DELC Intimate Exp
|Dr Claire Boyle
Tel: (0131 6)50 4024
|Mrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421