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ENGL 374 Q - World Cinema in English - Irish Film

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Course systematically addresses cinema movements and films of different periods, genres, themes and styles produced in one or two Anglophone countries other than the U.S. (e.g., Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and regions with Anglophone film movements or strands like South Asia and the Caribbean). Topics could include cinema in relation to relevant distinctive national and cultural histories, local audiences and production circumstances, and the challenges of international distribution in light of Hollywood's global dominance. Meets for 110 minutes twice a week, with some class time devoted to film screenings (not always on same day) and some longer feature films scheduled in required out-of-class screenings announced well in advance. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours in separate terms if topics vary. Class Schedule Information: Sophomore or higher standing.

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Course Description and Goals - The number of people in America who claim Irish or Scotch-Irish heritage is almost seven times larger than the entire population of the Republic of Ireland. So, the chances are that you and/or people you know have a stake in understanding how Ireland and its people have been represented in the films that they have made. Ireland, like every other country except possibly the United States, explicitly uses its national cinema as an expression of, exploration of, and advertisement for its national identity. Establishing a coherent national identity has not been an easy process for Ireland. We will look at Irish films with the aim of discovering what issues the Irish see as central, as worthy of display, and as problematic. We will look at the relationship between these film representations and actual political ideas and social practices, as well as Ireland-s relationship to Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. We will also see how Ireland negotiates i

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Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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