• CRIT3004
  • Studies in Documentary

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Media

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Module Description

This module introduces learners to the basic concepts associated with the language of visual storytelling in addition to a range of issues (both structural and theoretical) facing the contemporary factual storyteller. Learners are first introduced to the basic process of narration through the moving image before progressing to a consideration of a range of documentary-specific topics such as: documentary modes of narration; ethics in documentary (with a specific focus on the issue of consent); subjectivity vs. objectivity; contemporary issues in documentary. Recent critiques relating to the constitutive nature of representation are also evaluated.

Indicative Syllabus

The classic mode of narration (Cook, Bordwell)
Approaches to documentary storytelling (Nichols)
Documentary ethics and questions of consent (Frost, Pryluck, Winston)
Postmodernity and documentary form (Baudrillard, Nichols)
Representation (Hall, Foucault, Barthes)
New forms of historical discourse (Munslow, Spiegelman)
Interviewing strategies (Morris).

Total Contact Teaching Hours:24

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