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Teaching and research in French cinema

Powrie, P and Reader, K (2011) Teaching and research in French cinema pp. 171-183.

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© 2011 Liverpool University Press.Teaching and research in French cinema has developed rapidly in a relatively short time since the mid- to late 1970s. At that time, teaching was confined to the occasional course unit in a handful of universities, and research was only just starting to emerge from work aimed at cinephile rather than academic readerships. This chapter starts by considering the ways in which teaching has evolved over that time, and then gives an account of developments in research, with a strong focus on the UK, but also taking into account work done in France and the USA. Teaching We can make four key points about the teaching of French cinema in UK higher education institutions: There are about 60 staff teaching and researching French cinema, and these can be found both in departments of French and of film in UK universities. In both types of department, French cinema is frequently taught as part of broader film historical or thematic units, such as ‘modern European film’, ‘film analysis’, or ‘gender in film’. Many units on French cinema are taught to non-French language specialists. Discrete units labelled as French cinema tend to be generic ‘histories’ of the French cinema or broad introductions, where the films studied can be very variable. Beyond that, the most frequent areas of study across all units, whether general cinema or specifically French cinema, and across the UK, USA and France, are the 1930s Poetic Realist films (with a particular emphasis on Renoir), and The New Wave (with a particular emphasis on Godard).

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Powrie, Pp.powrie@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Reader, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2011
Identification Number : 10.5949/UPO9781846316692.016
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:33
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820424

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