Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture Lecture 1 x 2 hour per week
Seminars / Tutorials Seminars 1 x 1 hour a week (10 weeks)
Other Viewing 1 x 3 hour per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay 1: 2500 words  40%
Semester Assessment Essay 2: 2500 words  For information on due dates for submission of assessed work, please refer to the departmental web pages at  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Display good knowledge of the genre studied;

Discuss the historical development of a specific cinematic genre with attention to the social, historical and cultural influences on it;

Be able to apply issues and methods of film theory to films within that genre


- This module aims to present to students the historical development of a single cinematic genre, exploring the way the genre changes as the historical, cultural and social contexts change.
- To introduce to students certain aspects of film theory relevant to the study of that particular genre
- Although focused on a single specific genre, implicit throughout will be a consideration in general of genre theory, particularly as it has been used within film studies

Brief description

Genre films are perennially popular, and often are one of the chief determinates of which movies we choose to go and see. This module takes an in-depth look at one particular genre, which may change annually, and traces its development over time, examining a combination of Hollywood and world cinema approaches to that genre. Each of the major genres has generated its own significant body of theory, as well as more general theories of film genre study, and this module also introduces students to some of those discourses. Regardless of the genre chosen for examination, this module focuses on the major artistic movements which have influenced the genre, the key film texts, and some of the more dominant theoretical paradigms which have been used to explore film genres.

In the academic year 2009/2010, the genre focused on, will be the horror genre.

Reading List

Recommended Background
Altman, Rick (1999) Film/Genre London: BFI Primo search Braudy, Leo (1998) 'Genre: The Conventions of Connection' in Leo bRaudy and Marshall Cohen ers. Film Theory and Criticism. 5th edition Oxford: Oxford UP Primo search Buscombe, Edward (1970) 'The idea of genre in American cinema' Screen 2.2 Primo search Collins, Richard (1976) 'Genre: A Reply to Ed Buscombe' in Bill Nichols ed. Movies and Methods Volume I. Berkeley: University of California Press Primo search Grant, Barry (ed) (1995) Film Genre Reader II Austin: University of Texas Press Primo search Grant, Barry (ed) (1977) Film Genre: Theory and Criticism Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press Primo search Griffith, Richard (1976) 'Cycles and Genres' in Bill Nichols ed. Movies and Methods Volume I Berkeley: University of California Press Primo search Neale, Stephen (1980) Genre London: BFI Primo search Neale, Stephen (2000) Genre and Hollywood London: Routledge Primo search Neale, Stephen (ed) (2002) Genre and Contemporary Hollywood London: BFI Primo search Schatz, Thomas (1981) Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Film-making and the Studio System New York: Random House Primo search Tudor, Andrew (1976) 'Genre and Critical Methodology' in Bill Nichols ed. Movies and Methods Volume I Berkeley: University of California Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5