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Mood as a key concept in English: part one of three

A Contemplation of ‘Mood’ Whenever I think of the ‘mood’ of a text, I am reminded of The Fall of the House of Usher, for Edgar Allan Poe’s claustrophobic tale of premature burial, catatonic states, enervation, ennui, despair, and emotional as well as architectural decay, possesses a mood so utterly desolate that it is as… Continue reading Mood as a key concept in English: part one of three

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Film, travel writing and the flaneuse.

What is the connection between travel writing, film and the flâneuse? I’ve been looking at some examples of women’s travel writing from the nineteenth century as well as more recent examples. Two of these I have included in a link below and I have also put together some examination type questions which will be good… Continue reading Film, travel writing and the flaneuse.

film education · Films · Hitchcock · Reading skills · Teaching Ideas · Writing

NATE Conference material

Thank you to those who attended the ‘Using Film for Reading and Writing’ session at NATE today. For those who attended, I have uploaded the resources in Dropbox – email me (l.hanson@blueyonder.co.uk) and I will send you the link. I will make some of these resources available to others on an open link soon, but… Continue reading NATE Conference material

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The Girl on the Train: mobility, voyeurism and the lives of others

Giuliana Bruno likens the experience of watching a film in the cinema to taking a journey. For women at the birth of cinema, it was also an opportunity for them to adopt the role of flaneuse (or female flaneur) – a role denied them by their gender because the nature of the flaneur was a male… Continue reading The Girl on the Train: mobility, voyeurism and the lives of others

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Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

(Warning – contains plot spoilers!) The pervasive influence of the church over a colonising force whose land-lust is based on the belief that their right is ordained by God, and that authority and might are synonymous with power, has more than a passing resonance to the opening scenes of Shakespeare’s Henry V. And yet, having… Continue reading Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

film education · Films · Hitchcock · Reading skills · structure · Writing

Writing from the Moving Image

By now, you’ve probably worked out that I love to teach writing through moving images. Add that to my love of Hitchcock and it’s not a surprise that I will find any excuse to show a clip or two from his films to show how story-telling works. Last year, I taught a module on writing… Continue reading Writing from the Moving Image

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Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature

The incredibly brilliant Mark Cousins has written a fascinating article in September’s Sight and Sound which explores the ways in which a knowledge of neuroscience and its study of behavioural patterns can illuminate the study of film. Cousins uses an analogy of the brain’s ventral and dorsal systems to explain different visual/aesthetic styles in the… Continue reading Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature

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Teaching narrative through moving image

Okay, so I’ve added some more resources to my ‘readers and writers’ dropbox. This one is using moving image to discuss narrative. I’ve clipped the opening to an episode of The X-Files – season 6, ‘Drive’ starring Bryan Cranston. It’s a fantastic way to explore narrative hooks, dangling causes and omniscient narration. You’ll find the… Continue reading Teaching narrative through moving image