School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

Film and AffectWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 100256.4


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Anne Rutherford

Equivalent Units
63062 - Film, Genre and Affect

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

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About this Unit
The concept of affect refers to intense feeling or emotion, and this unit examines different ways that affect has been understood in cinema. The unit explores the way that diverse cinematic genres have developed very different strategies to engage the spectator in this intense way, and discusses conventions, such as techniques of narrative, cinematography and performance. The unit examines models of affect derived from early film, the transformation of these models with the development of narrative, and the evolution of affective strategies in contemporary cinema. Examples may be drawn from early cinema, experimental cinema, political cinema, documentary or mainstream genres such as melodrama or horror. Through an analysis of the strategies used in various genres, we will raise broader questions about the nature of spectatorship in different historical and cultural contexts.


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