Queering British Cinema (EAF3517)

30 credits

You will encounter a broad range of dynamic film texts which interrogate key aspects of both identity politics and film form. You will read widely in classic and contemporary queer theory, considering the question of whether ‘the queer must insist on disturbing’ as Lee Edelman insists. You will debate film’s contribution to (reinforcing and) disturbing heteronormative myths, and the radical impact that cinema has had on the political positioning of gay men and women. Far from privileging British cinema as a special case, the module will consider how Britishness has been one of the sites of interrogation. The module will encourage you to build on some of the theoretical insights of earlier modules, as well as developing a precise critical vocabulary for writing on film. It will sit comfortably alongside other modules, including those on twentieth century literature, adaptation, and Shakespeare studies.