- Module code: AM213
- Module name: American Historical Cinema
- Department: Comparative American Studies
- Credit: 15
Module content and teaching
This module is an option available to second-year History and Comparative American Studies students. While complementing modules on nineteenth and twentieth-century North American topics, this module also offers a comparative dimension to those students taking modules in the evolution of mass culture and historiography. The module will consider the trajectory of popular and professional historical writing in conjunction with Hollywood’s filmic engagement with the American past. Readings, lectures and discussion will consider issues in historiography, narration, ideology, genre, race and gender. module readings will be divided among traditional and revisionist historiography, popular biographies, historical novels later adapted for the screen, screenplays, and recent critical assessments of “filmed history.” Topics this year will focus upon the western and gangster genres. Filmmakers will include Wellman, Stevens, Ford, Peckinpah, Coppola and Hansen.
Principal learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes: a) the further development of study, writing and seminar participation skills; b) the successful completion of a focused 4,500-word research essay; c) an awareness the major arguments and issues driving the trajectory of American historiography; d) a familiarity with the major historical and theoretical debates about the Hollywood cinema and its attitudes toward American history; e) an improved ability to assess film narration and more traditional forms of historical analysis.
Timetabled teaching activities
This module runs throughout the year, with weekly lectures and seminars.
|Assessment group||Assessment name||Percentage|
|15 CATS (Module code: AM213-15)|
|A (Assessed work only)||1000 word essay plan (V1L8 students)||25%|
|3000 word essay (V1L8 students)||75%|
This module is available on the following courses: