LIT3050 : No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Module

Convener(s): Dr Robert McKay


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

Animals have played a crucial role in the development of film as an artistic medium, from the literal use of animal products in film stock to the capturing of animal movement as a driver of stop-motion, wide-screen and CGI film technology. In terms of content and form, the wish to picture animals’ lives, whether naturalistically or playfully, has led to the establishment of key genres such as wildlife film and animation. By analysing a range of key animal films, the module will look at and beyond these major aspects of animals in film to consider: animals’ role in different film genres from arthouse to documentary to horror; the range of literal and symbolic ways animals appear in film; animals in the film star-system; animal lives and the ethics of film-making; adaptation and the different challenges of filmic and literary representation of animals.


Teaching: Introduced screening and discussion (3 hours) + seminar (1 hour)


Assessment: MOLE posts (10%) ZooScope Archive Entry (1500 words) 30% + Essay or ZooScope Entries (2500 words) 60%

Contact Details

Dr Robert McKay

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:24 PM (BST)

may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


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