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The Reel Deal: Fictions of the Past in Literature and Film


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The Reel Deal: Fictions of the Past in Literature and Film

An accredited Arts and Humanities module. 

Course Code

CLL 17/18_25

Course Dates

17th April 2018 – 26th June 2018

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Course Description

This module analyses medieval to modern texts and major works of historical fiction through the filter of modern cinematic approximation, appropriation, celebration and satire. ‘Period settings’ are often invoked as filmic shorthand for regressive attitudes, or to support romanticised ideas of ‘golden’ ages – how do literature and film enable us to make sense of both past and present? Can alterity and archaism illuminate contemporary concerns? Is emphatic historical accuracy necessarily more authentic than comical anachronism? What is historical fiction?

Vicki Blud PhD

Term: Summer

Day: Tuesday

Start Date: 17 April 2018

Time: 7-9pm

No. of weeks: 11

Course fee: £112.00

Credits: 10

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