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School of History

HST6761 - American Film History: Hollywood and the Second World War

This Special Subject centers on American films made during the Second World War as well as much more recent American films that represent the war. We are not concerned with war films alone but also explore how films represent issues of class, gender, race and sexuality that arise in tandem with wartime histories. We will also study the methods and sources used by film historians as we investigate matters of film style, filmmakers, and classic films ranging from Casablanca (1942) to Inglorious Basterds (2009). This module MUST be taken in conjunction with HST6700 History Research Dissertation.    

Module code: HST6761

Credits: 60
Semester: Year-Long

This Special Subject centers on American films made during the Second World War as well as much more recent American films that represent the war. We are not concerned with war films alone but also explore how films represent issues of class, gender, race and sexuality that arise in tandem with wartime histories. We will also study the methods and sources used by film historians as we investigate matters of film style, filmmakers, and classic films ranging from Casablanca (1942) to Inglorious Basterds (2009). This module MUST be taken in conjunction with HST6700 History Research Dissertation.

 

Assessment: Literature Review (2,000 words) 25%, Take Home Exam 1 (1,000 words) 12.5%, Take Home Exam 2 (1,000 words) 12.5% and Essay (4,000 words) 50%