Postgraduate Units of Study

RLST6988 - Transcendental Cinema: Images & Ecstasy

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Christopher Humphrey Hartney


Cinema is regularly described through religious language: the ecsatic, the euphoric, the mystical and the sublime. This unit examines how filmmakers utilise mythic, ritualistic, emotional and affective structures to move us towards these states. The unit of study will examine cultural and academic discourse that relies on religious language to describe such experiences. This unit will also assess how cinema seeks to replicate and/or replace religious feeling in our secular age by an increasingly sophisticated architronics of ecstasy.


1x500wd research proposal (10%), 1x3000wd research project essay (60%), 1x500wd written response to a specific film (10%), 1x1000wd thematic/methodological oral presentation to class (20%)


1x2-hr seminar/week

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