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SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP10129
Module leader: Sarah Artt
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Module Code: CLP09128, CLP09129
Module Title: 21st Century Literature, Cultural and Literary Theory
Examples of Equivalent Learning: Any SCQF 9 mo


Description of module content:

This module will examine the fascination with memory and document, particularly in the context of the emergence of the graphic novel memoir and digital modes of image production in the twenty-first century. The module will analyse representative graphic memoirs and a variety of films that span the category of documentary and essay film. We will consider the influence and popularity of graphic narratives such as Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragi-comic, and its relationship to LGBTQ+ histories and representations. Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis will be examined in relation to ideas of exile, memoir and Iranian diaspora narratives. Chester Brown’s Paying For It will delve into the examination and representation of contemporary debates around sex work. The three print texts are characterised by their status as memoir, but they will be studied alongside thematically appropriate films that operate at the intersection of documentary and essay film such as Marker’s Sunless, Maccarone’s The Look, and Polley’s Stories We Tell.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: articulate a well-argued understanding of the diverse nature of memoir
LO2: evaluate the formal development of graphic novel, documentary and essay films
LO3: analyse the relationships between writers/directors and their self-portraits in memoirs, documentaries and essay films
LO4: undertake critical analysis of particular texts relating to memory, memoir, documentary and essay films in their cultural, theoretical, national and international contexts

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