Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2010

Vorlesung (kw/stw) Representations of Britain in British Films Today

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Klaus Peter Müller

Kurzname: STW VL 1
Kursnummer: 06.008.042

Empfohlene Literatur

Recommended reading (cf. also the texts for the HS): a) on Britain: Abercrombie, Nicholas / Alan Warde, Contemporary British Society, Cambridge: Polity 32000; Alibhai-Brown, Yasmin, Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining the New Britain, London: Penguin 2000; Alibhai-Brown, Yasmin, After Multiculturalism, London: Foreign Policy Centre 2000; Anderson, Benedict, Imagined Communities. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, London: Verson 2006 (revised edition); Back, Les, New Ethnicities and Urban Culture. Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives, London: UCL 1996; Blair, Tony, "The Duty to Integrate: Shared British Values", http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page10563.asp (cf. also the debate on 'Politics and the Media' at http://www.debate.pm.gov.uk/MapView.aspx); Gilroy, Paul, After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture?, London: Routledge 2004; Goodheart, David, "Earned Citizenship", http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page10554.asp; Hussain, Yasmin, Writing Diaspora: South-Asian Women, Culture and Ethnicity, Aldershot: Ashgate 2005; Kastendiek, Hans / Roland Sturm (eds.), Länderbe¬richt Großbri¬tannien. Geschichte, Politik, Wirtschaft, Gesell¬schaft, Kultur, Bonn: Bundeszen¬trale für politische Bildung 2006 (3rd ed., get a free copy from them!); Lenz, Bernd (ed.), New Britain. Politics and Culture, Passau: Stutz 2006; Miles, David, The Tribes of Britain: Who Are We? and Where Do We Come From?, Phoenix House 2006; Morley, David, Media, Modernity and Technology: The Geography of the New, London: Routledge 2007; Morley, David / Kevin Robins (eds.), British Cultural Studies. Geography, Nationality, and Identity, Oxford: OUP 2001; Oakland, John, British Civilization: An Introduction, London: Taylor & Francis 62006; O'Driscoll, James, Britain – the Country and Its People, Berlin: Cornelsen 22009; Parekh, Bhikhu C., The Future of Multi-ethnic Britain: Report of the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, London: Profile 2000; Parekh, B. C., "Two Ideas of Multiculturalism", http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page10558.asp (cf. the other links + the 'Our Nation's Future' series there (http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page9902.asp) + Gordon Brown's 2008 speech on liberty http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page13646.asp); Phillips, Mike / Trevor Phillips, Windrush. The Irresistible Rise of Multi-Racial Britain, London: Harper Collins 1998; Phillips, Trevor, "Race Convention", http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page10555.asp; Sacks, Jonathan, "How to Build a Culture of Respect", http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page10556.asp; Sturm, Roland, "Devolution and National Identities in Britain", in: Tönnies, Merle (ed.), Britain under Blair, Heidelberg: Winter 2003; Winder, Robert, Bloody Foreigners. The Story of Immigration to Britain, London: Abacus 2005.
b) Constructionism, language, the mind, and people's understanding of reality: Cohen, Anthony P., "Peripheral Vision: Nationalism, National Identity and the Objective Correlative in Scotland", in: Cohen (ed.), Signifying Identities. Anthropological perspectives on boundaries and contested values, London: Routledge 2000, 145-169; Lakoff, George / Mark Johnson, Metaphors We Live By, Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press 2003 (11980); Lakoff, George / Mark Johnson: Philosophy in the Flesh. The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought, New York: Basic Books 1999; Pinker, Steven, How the Mind Works, London: Penguin 1998.
c) Media: Curran, James / David Morley (eds.), Media and Cultural Theory, London: Routledge 2006; Jenkins, Henry, Convergence Culture. Where Old and New Media Collide, NY: NY UP 2008; Morley, David, Media, Modernity and Technology: The Geography of the New, London: Routledge 2007.
d) Film: Benyahia, Sarah Casey, Teaching Contemporary British Cinema, London: British Film Insti¬tute 2005 [access via www.bfi.org.uk/tfms, username britcin, password te1511bc]; Chapman, James, Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film, London: Tauris 2005; Dave, Paul, Visions of England: Class and Culture in Contemporary Cinema, Oxford: Berg Publishers 2006; Hallam, Julia / Margaret Marshment, Realism and Popular Cinema, Manchester: MUP 2000; Korte, Barbara / Claudia Sternberg, Bidding for the Mainstream? Black and Asian British Film since the 1990s, Amsterdam: Rodopi 2004; Leach, Jim, British Film, Cambridge: CUP 2004; McFarlane, Brian (ed.), The Encyclopedia of British Film, London: Methuen 22005; Monk, Claire / Amy Sargeant (eds.), British Historical Cinema. The History, Heritage and Costume Film, London: Routledge 2002; Street, Sarah, British National Cinema, London: Routledge 22008.


The lecture will address the intriguing question of how people's concepts and understanding of Britain have changed in recent years. There are two significant reasons for this change: 1) the continuing and increasing discussion about the identities of Britain (is there just one identity or several, one English, another Scottish or Welsh, and what about Northern Ireland, Black British identities?) in the contexts of devolution, the inclusion of immigrant ethnicities, the European Union and the global market. 2) The new media: how have they brought about new concepts of Britain and new possibilities of defining and understanding its identities?
We'll discuss these two influences on people's understanding of Britain in connection with contemporary films, but also with documentaries currently shown on TV, e.g. a four-part series on BBC 2 on 'The British Family' and ditto on 'Empire of the Seas: How the [British] Navy Forged the Modern World'. The first one instantly raises the question of whether the developments described are valid in all Western countries, not just in Britain, and the second that of Britain's relationship to and influence on Europe and the modern world. Similar questions arise with films and both media's use of the web and media convergence. Where do concepts like 'Britain' originate? In culture? Which culture? In media? What is the influence of politics on such concepts, of the makers of films and TV programmes, of media users? (Cf. Jenkins and Morley.)
The lecture will also give an introduction to constructionism so that we understand why Anderson and many others say that nations are indeed constructed or, as he puts it, 'imagined'. How can 'Britain' be something that is just imagined? This idea has much to do with how language works and is thus essential for everybody studying languages as well as trying to understand another culture. (Cf. Lakoff / Johnson and Pinker.)


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15.04.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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29.04.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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06.05.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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20.05.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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27.05.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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10.06.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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17.06.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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24.06.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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01.07.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
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08.07.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
15.07.2010 (Donnerstag)14.40 - 16.10 Uhr00 328 Stufenhörsaal
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude

Semester: SoSe 2010