20710397 - Contemporary cinema and television series

The course of Contemporary Cinema and Serial Television is part of the activities that each student of the DAMS BA can choose in the free section of his/her study plan and is taught explicitly for the Film and Media Studies program. If the program generally gives the historical and theoretical background to understand all audiovisual forms, the aim of this class is the analysis of audiovisual fiction narratives produced after 1989 in Europe and the US and of their contexts. The course is dedicated to students that have already passed the classes of film and media history and analysis, and it focuses upon the most significant changes within the cultural scenario of media industries and uses, and how such transformation falls upon narratives and the experience configuration. The course aims to give to its students the framework needed to analyze the complexity of contemporary production, also considering the cultural and socio-economic context of globalization, the configuration of subjects, and the main aesthetics and theoretical tendencies.
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The course aims to pinpoint and analyze the main tendencies of the contemporary audiovisual fiction narrative, addressing hegemonic imaginaries as well as the subversive trajectories delineated by film and television series in Europe and the United States.
The course addresses, in particular: postclassic/postmodernism in 1980s and 1990s; audiovisual aesthetics, subjectivity and gender identity; postcolonialism/globalization; complex television, serial narratives, and transmedia storytelling.
The final syllabus and program will be published at the beginning of the course.

Core Documentation

Ilaria A. De Pascalis, a cura di, "Kathryn Bigelow", Marsilio, 2023
Antologia di saggi a cura della docente.
The final program, with the full bibliography and filmography, will be published at the beginning of the course.

Reference Bibliography

The teacher can give other bibliographic references during classes.

Type of delivery of the course

42 hours of frontal lessons


The course will be held in presence; attendance is not mandatory.

Type of evaluation

The students have to write a paper analyzing an audiovisual product through the lens of two different perspectives, according to the directions given by the teacher in class. The paper will be discussed during the oral exam.