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FI314 - Postmodernism and New Hollywood

  • Module code: FI314
  • Module name: Postmodernism and New Hollywood
  • Department: Film and Television Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide an appreciation of the multiplicity of different postmodernisms. To provide the means for students to engage directly with key primary texts by major philosophers and cultural theorists of the postmodern. To provide an opportunity to critically evaluate different theoretical frameworks and models. To assess the ways in which concepts of the postmodern are useful for analysing films through the detailed analysis of key film texts.

Principal learning outcomes

Outline and critically evaluate the work of at least one of the key theorists of the postmodern. Apply their chosen theories to a range of film texts, offering detailed textual analysis of at least one film from the module. To relate the development of postmodern Hollywood to the historical development of Hollywood cinema - specifically discourses on 'New Hollywood'. Improve skills inthe construction of argument, writing and presentation of evidence in an oral or written piece. Further improve and refine skills in textual analysis. Use library resources and other data sources to engage independent research.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lectures, screenings and seminars.

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Other essential notes

This is a 15 CATs module.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FI314-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3