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FI923 - Irony in Film

  • Module code: FI923
  • Module name: Irony in Film
  • Department: Film and Television Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

We often feel the need use the word ‘irony’ when discussing films, but what exactly does this mean? Although the concept has been much debated in other disciplines, irony has been surprisingly under-explored by film scholarship. As such, this module offers students the chance to be among the first to attempt to answer fundamental questions, many of which get to the heart of artistic expression in this medium. How can we know if a film or film moment is ironic? How do films create irony? Might certain properties of filmmaking help or hinder its ability to communicate ironically? What might irony have to do with issues like intention, evaluation, and morality? Irony in Film will combine in-depth theorising with detailed close analysis of specific films, allowing you to produce fresh insights into this challenging but fascinating subject.

Principal learning outcomes

For students to gain theoretical knowledge of debates around irony and the arts, and of theoretical issues irony raises for film. Students will develop their skills in the critical discussion (verbal and written) of such issues, and deepen their understanding of the aesthetic capacities of this medium.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures, seminars, and screenings

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: FI923-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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