Visual Cultures in South Africa: Past and Present
- Module Code:
- Module Not Running 2017/2018
- Taught in:
- Full Year
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate…
- a sound knowledge of the history of visual cultures (primarily film, but also television, photography, visual art) in South Africa in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
- a sound knowledge of how visual cultural products, such as film and photography, have been used – by South African and non-South African artists, and by the audiences of these works – to imagine the country (particularly in terms of race, but also gender and class)
- a sound knowledge of the history of twentieth and twenty-first century South Africa
- strong critical and analytical skills in relation to cultural products, and particularly visual and screen-based products
- strong understanding of current circulating theories in the disciplines relevant to the course, e.g. Cultural Studies, Visual Studies, (South) African Film Studies
A total of 22 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week consisting of a 2 hour seminar. There will be a 2 hour film screening on this module per week.
Method of assessment
A 500 word reaction paper/podcast to be submitted day 5, week 5, term 1 (5%); a 500 word reaction paper/podcast to be submitted day 5, week 10, term 1 (5%); one 3,000 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 (30%); a 500 word reaction paper/podcast to be submitted day 5, week 5, term 2 (5%); a 500 word reaction paper/podcast to be submitted day 5, week 10, term 2 (5%); a 5,000 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 3 (50%).
A more comprehensive reading list will be made available to students on this course at the beginning of term.
- Balseiro, Isabel and Ntongela Masilela, eds (2003). To Change Reels: Film and Film
Culture in South Africa. Detroit: Wayne State UP.
- Bickford-Smith, Vivian and Richard Mendelsohn (2007). Black and White in Colour:
African History on the Screen. Oxford: James Currey.
- Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson, eds (1997). Film Art: An Introduction. Fifth
Edition. New York: McGraw Hill.
- Braudy, Leo and Marshall Cohen, eds (2004). Film Theory and Criticism: Introductory
Readings. Oxford: OUP.
- Davis, Peter (1996). In Darkest Hollywood: Exploring the jungles of cinema’s South
Africa. Randburg: Ravan Press.
- Diawara, Manthia (1992). African Cinema. Indianapolis: Indiana UP.
- Dovey, Lindiwe (2009). African film and literature: adapting violence to the screen. New
York: Columbia UP.
- Maingard, Jacqueline (2007). South African National Cinema. New York: Routledge.
- McCluskey, Audrey Thomas (2009). The Devil you Dance With: Film Culture in the New
South Africa. Urbana: Illinois University Press.
- Ndebele, Njabulo (1994). South African Literature and Culture: Rediscovery of the
Ordinary. Manchester: Manchester UP.
- Saks, Lucia (2010). Cinema in a Democratic South Africa: The Race for Representation.
Bloomington: Indiana UP.
- Tomaselli, Keyan (2006). Encountering Modernity: Twentieth Century South African
Cinemas. Rozenberg: UNISA Press.
- Ukadike, Nwachukwu Frank (2002). Questioning African Cinema: Conversations with
Filmmakers. Minneapolis and London: U of Minnesota P.
- Skin (2009)
- De Voortrekkers (1916) and Siliva the Zulu (1927)
- Jim Comes to Joburg (1949)
- Cry, the Beloved Country (1951)
- Drum (2005)
- Come Back, Africa (1959)
- Last Grave at Dimbaza (1974) and Seapoint Days (2008)
- Cry Freedom (1987)
- Mapantsula (1988)
- Invictus (2009)
- Zulu Love Letter (2004)
- Fools (1997)
- Disgrace (2008)
- Tsotsi (2006)
Steps for the Future films
- Son of Man (2006)
- District 9 (2009)
- Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2007)
- Yizo Yizo television series (2004)
- Animated films of William Kentridge