College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 470: RS: Topics in Film/Media History

ENGH 470-001: Irish and Australian Film
(Spring 2015)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 124

Section Information for Spring 2015

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Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell. . . Some of the biggest American stars are Irish or Australian, while some of the biggest Irish & Australian stars are Americans with bad accents. Why? This course will begin to answer that question, looking at the strategies of appropriation, genre-bending, parody, and satire at work in how Irish & Australian filmmakers argue with and pay homage to Hollywood cinema and its global dominance. We will also address how films from both countries engage with constructions of gender, sexuality, race, and national history—through melodrama, irreverence, and a surprisingly large amount of glitter. Screenings include: The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, In BrugesCalvaryThe Magdalene SistersGallipoliRoad Warrior (Mad Max 2)The Wind that Shakes the Barley, and Rabbit-Proof Fence.

This is a research and scholarship intensive course, which will give you the chance to work in-depth on a research project with ample feedback from the professor and your classmates. This project may take the form of a long paper, a portfolio of shorter writings, a short film, a photo essay, a video game, or other approved creative work. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me: jscarlat@gmu.edu. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in cultural studies..

Satisfies the English BA requirement for the concentration in world literature..

Research/Scholarship Intensive


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Advanced studies of development of film language, both as cultural practice and medium for formal innovation. Topics might include studies of national cinemas, historical periods, genres, or individual directors. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Capstone
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 332/ENGH 372 or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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