Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
FR37820
Module Title
History, Film and Memory: Representing World Wars in French cinema
Academic Year
2022/2023
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Pre-Requisite
Eligibility for entry to level 3 French, but open to students of other departments
Co-Requisite
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
FR27820 (year 2 version of the same module)
Reading List

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Presentation  Oral presentation of 20 minutes (in French)  20%
Semester Assessment Essay  2000-word essay  40%
Semester Assessment Written assessment  Creative assessment OR essay 2 (2000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  Oral presentation of 20 minutes (in French)  20%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  2000-word essay  40%
Supplementary Assessment Written assessment  Creative assessment OR essay 2 (2000 words)  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand and interpret historical films, with an awareness of their social, historical and scientific context

Conduct independent research related to the films: primary texts (eg. contemporary reception of the films) and secondary literature; reading critically secondary literature

Show a good awareness of the historical and intellectual background of the conflicts and of the resulting films (eg. Front National for ‘La grande illusion’, Gaullism for ‘La grande vadrouille’ etc.)

Express themselves clearly both in speaking and in writing, in English and in French

Aural skills: precise understanding of the films discussed

Have a good familiarity of relevant works on the theory of historical films, and on the question of national memory (skill specific to the year 3 version of the module)

Brief description

This module, taught in English, will approach the various cinematographic representations of World Wars and their aftermath within French cinema, with an emphasis on the links between national memory, historiography, and cinematographic production.

Through the study of world war films, the module will assess generally the questions of truth, authenticity and fiction within historical films; the possible functions of historical film in the shaping of a ‘national history’ (creating or challenging its defining narratives). Students will also assess the particularity of films in their contrast to texts on the same topics, such as the distinction of verbal, non-verbal, para-verbal and visual dimensions.

Aims

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Content

Week 1: Introduction: History and cinema: truth, verisimilitude, fiction.
Week 2-5: Films of the Great War. Films discussed include ‘La Grande illusion’, ‘La victore en chantant’ and ‘Un long dimanche de fiançailles’
Week 7-10: World War 2 films. Films discussed include ‘La grande vadrouille’, ‘Un héros très discret’ and ‘Indigènes’
Week 11 Closing discussion : war on film: a question for the past or the present

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience The assignments are based on independent research, with consultation possibilities with the module convener. The quality of independent thinking, and a critical engagement with secondary literature, will be assessed.
Creative Problem Solving Students will need to find relevant primary sources (eg. for the study of the reception of films) and secondary literature for the in-class discussions and for the assignments.
Critical and analytical thinking Students have to do independent research in preparation for their assessments, including identifying and localizing source texts and secondary literature.
Digital capability Online research, creation of individual presentation. Creation of digital materials can be part of the creative assessment.
Professional communication Development of clear and accurate communication in writing and in speaking, in English and in French
Reflection Ability to work independently; identifying research questions; identifying relevant sources; awareness of cultural context, intercultural issues (eg. in discussion of war and colonization)
Subject Specific Skills Students have to do independent research in preparation for their assessments, including identifying and localizing source texts and secondary literature, in French as well as in English. Presentation and communication in French and in English

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6