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Authorship and Writing ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Paul Atkinson

Gippsland First semester 2006 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2006 (OCL)
Malaysia First semester 2006 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2006 (OCL)

Synopsis: This unit combines the study of ideas of authorship with the critical study of a number of texts. The notion of authorship will be interrogated in relation to a variety of writing practices. The Romantic idea of the author (and that of the film auteur) will be examined in the light of recent critical theories.

Objectives: On successful completion of this unit students should: 1. Be able to critically evaluate the range of practices employed in authorial criticism; 2. Understand how theories of authorship have changed in the movement from Romanticism to structuralism; 3. Comprehend the difference between the subject writing and the empirical author; 4. Have a working knowledge of the relationship between film style and authorial expression; 5. Be able to identify the key features of auteur theory and understand how it is used as a means of classification in film theory.

Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 40% + Examination (2.5 hours): 60%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: COM1010 and COM1020 or equivalents

Prohibitions: GSC2415, GSC2407, GSC3407, COM3407