The Cinema of Contagion

15 points

Not offered 2024, offered in 2020, 2023

For further information see Humanities


This course asks how a ‘cinema of contagion’ might offer a lens through which we can better understand our precarious place in this world. It considers contagion in a literal sense, by exploring how a variety of international films from the 20th and 21st centuries represent illness, viral outbreaks, plagues, parasitic invasions, and social controls such as quarantine measures. It analyses how filmmakers use contagion metaphorically or allegorically, including as an aesthetic strategy. It also explores how questions of embodiment, subjectivity and mortality are explored through different genres and national cinemas.


Any 15 points at 100 level from CINE, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.