Irish Film

Aus Iaawiki

Winter Semester 2019/20

  • This course will be taking place as a Blockseminar, likely towards the end of the semester. Further information will follow as soon as possible.

Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154523 Irish Film - Blockseminar 2 HS tba R. 3.206 Schmitt
Course Description

Over the past four decades, Ireland’s cinema has developed from a niche national cinema into a diverse industry with a focus on promoting indigenous talent and encouraging international co-production. Ireland’s film culture has produced internationally respected talents such as directors Neil Jordan and Lenny Abrahamson as well as actors such as Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Ruth Negga and many more. While, as Ruth Barton has argued (2008, 2019), Irish cinema used to be preoccupied with defining and interrogating national identity during the time of the Troubles and the onset of the economic boom of the Celtic Tiger, it has now evolved into a diverse affair which has taken on the challenges of the post-2008 recession, internationalisation and the digital age. Studying Irish cinema thus gives us the opportunity to explore questions of national history and culture as well as the evolution of film as an art form and an industry. In this course, we will primarily look at Irish films of all genres from the 1980s to the present. We will look into major developments in recent Irish history in order to make sense of Ireland’s cinema as a national as well as a global one in order to come to terms with question of film aesthetics, genre, industry and national identity.

Reading List

Barton, Ruth. Irish National Cinema. Routledge, 2008. [SCF 20/193]
---. Irish Cinema in the Twenty-First Century. Manchester UP, 2019. [SEH 930/74]
Flynn, Roderick and Patrick Bereton. The A to Z of Irish Film. The Scarecrow Press, 2010. [SCF 20/203]

Course Requirements

Regular attendance, participation in an expert group plus additional assignments depending on your course of studies.

2009 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
2016 601, 703, 704 601, 1001 601, 701, 702, 1001 703
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