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Film and Television: Sample syllabuses

GREEK TRAGEDY AND CINEMA (a 20 credit module)

1: Orientation & introduction; text: Jules Dassin’s Never on Sunday
2: Medea; text: Euripides’ Medea
3: Oedipus; text: Sophocles’ Oedipus the King
4: Adaptation; film: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Medea
5: Genre; film: Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite
6: Media; film: Jules Dassin’s A Dream of Passion
7: Time; film: Lars von Trier’s Medea
8: Essay planning meetings
9: Spacefilm: Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses;
10: Genetics; film: Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46

FILM AND THE ANCIENT WORLD (a 15 credit module)

Week 1            Lecture: Introduction to antiquity on film
                        Lecture: Viewing antiquity, reading films
Week 2            Lecture: The rise of the Hollywood Epic 
                        Seminar: Filming Rome: Quo Vadis (1951)
Week 3            Lecture: The politics of antiquity 
                        Seminar: Political action: Spartacus (1960)
Week 4            Lecture: Cinematic heroes
                        Seminar: Old histories for new: Gladiator (2000)
Week 5            Lecture: Myth on film
                        Seminar: Epic today: Troy (2004)
Week 6            Essay writing
Week 7            Tutorial Week
Week 8            Lecture: Greek tragedy, from stage to film
                        Seminar: Tragic worlds: Medea (1969)
Week 9            Lecture: Ancient world as 'other'
                        Seminar: 'One big nebuloso': Fellini-Satyricon (1969)
Week 10          Lecture: Paradigms and polarities
                        Seminar: Imagining others: 300 (2007)
Week 11          Lecture: Parodying antiquity
                        Seminar: What's so funny about antiquity? Monty Python's Life of Brian (1978)
Week 12          Lecture: Recap and revision

THE ANCIENT WORLD ON FILM (a 10 credit module)

1. Introduction to the ancient world on film
2. Cleopatra on film [1]: the basics - survey of films featuring Cleopatra; emerging themes; key issues for classical reception.
3. Cleopatra on film [2]: a closer look at films featuring Cleopatra; developing the themes; representations and their implications.
4. Reading films in detail: undertaking textual analysis; films as texts and how to read them as classical reception texts.
5. Hercules on film [1]: the basics - survey of films featuring Hercules; emerging themes; key issues for classical reception.
6. Hercules on film [2]: a closer look at films featuring Hercules; developing the themes; key issues for classical reception and their implications.
7. Reading films in context: discussing production and audience response; sources and how to use them to build your understanding of the films as classical reception texts.

8. The Persian Wars on film [1]: the basics - survey of films featuring the Persian Wars; emerging themes; key issues for classical reception.
9. The Persian Wars on film [2]: a closer look at films featuring the Persian Wars; developing the themes; key issues for classical reception and their implications.
10. What have we learnt about cine-antiquity?


GREEK TRAGEDY AND CINEMA (a 20 credit module)

1: Orientation & introduction; text: Jules Dassin’s Never on Sunday
2: Medea; text: Euripides’ Medea
3: Oedipus; text: Sophocles’ Oedipus the King
4: Adaptation; film: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Medea
5: Genre; film: Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite
6: Media; film: Jules Dassin’s A Dream of Passion
7: Time; film: Lars von Trier’s Medea
8: Essay planning meetings
9: Spacefilm: Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses;
10: Genetics; film: Michael Winterbottom’s Code 46

FILM AND THE ANCIENT WORLD (a 15 credit module)

Week 1            Lecture: Introduction to antiquity on film
                        Lecture: Viewing antiquity, reading films
Week 2            Lecture: The rise of the Hollywood Epic 
                        Seminar: Filming Rome: Quo Vadis (1951)
Week 3            Lecture: The politics of antiquity 
                        Seminar: Political action: Spartacus (1960)
Week 4            Lecture: Cinematic heroes
                        Seminar: Old histories for new: Gladiator (2000)
Week 5            Lecture: Myth on film
                        Seminar: Epic today: Troy (2004)
Week 6            Essay writing
Week 7            Tutorial Week
Week 8            Lecture: Greek tragedy, from stage to film
                        Seminar: Tragic worlds: Medea (1969)
Week 9            Lecture: Ancient world as 'other'
                        Seminar: 'One big nebuloso': Fellini-Satyricon (1969)
Week 10          Lecture: Paradigms and polarities
                        Seminar: Imagining others: 300 (2007)
Week 11          Lecture: Parodying antiquity
                        Seminar: What's so funny about antiquity? Monty Python's Life of Brian (1978)
Week 12          Lecture: Recap and revision