World Cinema / World Literature (EASM167)

StaffDr Florian Stadtler -
- Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to trace conceptual and theoretical connection between world cinematic and literary productions to highlight the political, social and cultural legacies of an increasingly interconnected world. Focused on a range of genres (fiction, non-fiction essay, memoir, fictional film and documentary), you will investigate key world revolutionary moments of the mid-20 th century, cutting across diverse territories and modes of representation to give you the opportunity to extend your knowledge in an emergent area of interdisciplinary research that remains contested. The module will enable you to study cinemas and literatures characterised by non-mainstream or alternative aesthetics, and offers you the opportunity to consider a wide range of directors and writers and their often insurgent, counterhegemonic cultural productions relating to revolutionary moments, the spectres of partition, and protest and revolt. Conceptually, the module enables you to study the intersection between the complex critical-theoretical debates across the disciplines, taking account of the multinational dimension of film production and publishing. Regions covered by the module may include Africa, Europe, East and South Asia, Latin America, and the Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanic Caribbean. The module will provide advanced methodological training in working across disciplines, in exploring pathways to use critical theoretical concepts to analyse works of film and literature, and in using bibliographic and electronic resources.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to analyse film and literary texts using appropriate formal and critical terminologies
  • 2. Demonstrate an advanced appreciation of the critical debates around issues of world cinematic and literary narrative as well as uneven distributions of media technologies
  • 3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of issues of readership and spectatorship in relation to literary and cinematic form
  • 4. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to connect the formal analysis of film and literature to broader theoretical and conceptual questions

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Demonstrate a sophisticated and intellectually mature ability to analyse literature and films of different geographical locations and aesthetics
  • 6. Demonstrate an advanced and autonomous proficiency in the close formal, thematic, and generic analysis of different genres of film and literature
  • 7. Demonstrate advanced and autonomous skills in the research and evaluation of relevant critical and theoretical concepts in relation to the study of film and literature

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Through seminar work, demonstrate advanced communication skills and team working skills
  • 9. Through essay-writing, demonstrate advanced research and bibliographic skills and the ability to construct a coherent, substantiated argument
  • 10. Through the planning and organisation of research projects, demonstrate time-management skills and independent thinking

Syllabus plan

Themes covered in the syllabus: Marginal Literatures and Cinemas; the World City; Modernity and Modernization; Magical Realism; Melodrama in national and transnational contexts; World cinemas and literatures and critical theory; Historical memory and colonial legacies


Introducing World Cinemas and World Literatures


Block I: 1968 – Protest and Revolt


Block II: Partitions


Block III: Caribbean Revolutions


 ‘World Revolutions – Revolutionary Worlds in Film and Fiction’ - Forum Debate

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity22Seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity22Weekly Film Screenings
Guided Independent Study20 Study Group meetings and preparation
Guided Independent Study90Seminar reading and preparation
Guided Independent Study146Research and essay preparation

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Presentation10-15 minutes7Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Sequence analysis, primary document or close reading analysis 252500 words1-6, 8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up
Essay755000 words1-6, 8Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Research ReportResearch Report1-6, 8 Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.
Essay Essay1-6, 8 Feedback sheet with opportunity for tutorial follow-up.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative Core Reading:


Anna Funder, Stasiland

Merle Collins , Angel

Severo Sarduy, Cobra

Han Kang, Human Acts

Edwige Danticat Krik, Krak

Tahmima Anam, A Golden Age


Indicative Core Viewing:


Uli Edel, The Baader Meinhof Complex

Michael Cacoyannis, Attila ’74: The Rape of Cyprus

Mikhail Kalatozov , Soy Cuba

Göran Olson, BlackPower Mixtape

Ji-hoon Kim, May 18

Werner Herzog, Little Dieter Needs to Fly

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Key words search

World Literatures, World Cinemas, Postcolonial Literature and Film