LIT211 : European Silent Cinema

Convenor(s): Dr Jonathan Rayner


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information


The module will be delivered via a series of weekly seminars, selected screenings and tutorled presentations. The tutor presentations will incorporate lecture materials and video extracts for illustration and to provoke discussion of the textual and contextual matters under consideration. There will be two hours contact time (one hour presentation plus one hour seminar) per week, plus set screenings every two weeks. Film viewing is an essential part of the module and you are advised to ensure you attend screenings, and see as much of the recommended further viewing as possible. Broader viewing from the video library will help to inform your written assessments and mean you get more out of the module as a whole.


Assessment on this module takes the form of two submitted elements: one longer essay of 2,500 words (70% weighting) which will read a film or films within the historical, political, cultural or industrial context in which they were made; a dossier of shot analyses of short extracts (1,500 words, 30% weighting), submitted on a proforma provided. These assessments are intended to test your grasp of the textual features highlighted in the examples used, the contextual influences affecting filmmaking and consumption, and the development of the film medium in the period covered by the unit. Deadlines will be issued at the start of the semester.

Contact Details

Dr Jonathan Rayner: tel: 0114 222 8457

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:12 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK