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FILM2001: Haunted Screens: Film and Memory

From the nostalgia film to the Holocaust documentary, cinema is implicated in complex processes of forgetting and remembering. This unit introduces students to thinking about how film represents memory formally and narratively, and its thematic, cultural and ethical implications. It traces film's relation to nostalgia and history, while approaching cinema more broadly as an archive of memory, especially of those ephemeral or affective experiences not often thought of as historical.

Code FILM2001
Academic unit Film Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Film Studies
ARHT2053 or ARHT2653

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of different concepts of memory and haunting, and their application to the study of film in terms of representation, spectatorship, and reception;
  • LO2. analyse the representation of memory and spectrality across a range of genres and national cinemas;
  • LO3. critically reflect on the relation of cinema to various forms of memory, processes of memorialization, historical discourse, theories of haunting, and theorisations of the archive;
  • LO4. draw on the concepts and issues explored in the unit, as well as further independent research, to construct arguments and perspectives on cinema, the spectral, memory, and history.