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School of History

HST4312 – Screening History: Representing the Past in the Contemporary Historical Film

Historical films are one of the principal means through which the public engages with history, yet they are also a continuous source of controversy. This module offers an introduction to the historical film genre by examining American, British, European and Japanese films made during the past 20 years. It considers the debates surrounding the representation of history on film, and the influence and impact that historical films have on the public imagination and understanding of history. Throughout, we will explore the aesthetic pleasures that historical films offer to audiences, as well as the wider public discussion and debate that historical films provoke among scholars, critics and journalists in print and online. Films may include 12 Years a Slave (2013), Inglorious Basterds (2009), The King's Speech (2010) and The Lives of Others (2006).

Module code: HST4312

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr Mark Glancy

Historical films are one of the principal means through which the public engages with history, yet they are also a continuous source of controversy. This module offers an introduction to the historical film genre by examining American, British, European and Japanese films made during the past 20 years. It considers the debates surrounding the representation of history on film, and the influence and impact that historical films have on the public imagination and understanding of history. Throughout, we will explore the aesthetic pleasures that historical films offer to audiences, as well as the wider public discussion and debate that historical films provoke among scholars, critics and journalists in print and online. Films may include 12 Years a Slave (2013), Inglorious Basterds (2009), The King's Speech (2010) and The Lives of Others (2006).

Assessment: Take Home Exam 1 (168 Hours) 10%, Take Home Exam 2 (3 Hours) 40% and Essay (2,000 words) 50%
Level: 4