Watching Stars: Film and the Star System (ICLS2637)


This unit will investigate how film stars reflect national preoccupations and how they achieve national and transnational fame. It will examine and compare several major film stars from several cultures and will analyse their star image through, for example, their on-screen performance in film adaptations, their celebrity bodies and faces and their representations in the popular media. Students will be introduced to film star theories. Students will have to attend at least 4 film screenings.

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1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wds equivalent Oral Presentation (20%), 2x 2500wd Essay (80%)

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12 Junior credit points from any of the following (Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, English, European Studies, French Studies, Germanic Studies, Modern Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Modern Greek & Byzantine Studies, Spanish & Latin American Studies, or History)

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