Ben Mccann

Ben Mccann
University of Adelaide · Discipline of French Studies

Doctor of Philosophy

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The motivational factors behind undergraduate and postgraduate student enrolment at tertiary institutions are as many and varied as the pathways into tertiary institutions, and this is especially true of FiF students.
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FiF students are diverse not only in terms of age and previous life experiences but also in terms of how these factors shape their personal expectations and belief in their ability to achieve at university. This chapter explores the ways in which FiF students’ self-image or identity is transformed as a result of their attendance at university and h...
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In concluding the book, we considered what we had learnt about FiF students and their experience of attending university. While doing so we realised how resilient, strong and brave the pioneers who participated in our study are and had our assertions about the purposes of higher education both assured and broadened. We therefore felt it appropriate...
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One of the key factors of interest in the research culminating in this book was the impact studying at university has on FiF students’ health and wellbeing. Our understandings of health and wellbeing used within our projects incorporated not only physical and mental health but also the social and emotional dimensions of wellbeing. Based on the (Wor...
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The book is primarily based on two separate research projects, both funded by the Australian Government. These projects provide both qualitative and quantitative data acquired through surveys and interviews with FiF students that helped gain insight into their experience of attending university.
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The experience of first in family (FiF) students has been of particular interest and relevance to the higher education community for many years.
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Transition can be defined as the process or a period of transformation from one state or condition to another. Often, in the case of arrival at university, the transformation may be unfamiliar, different or new. Students undergo feelings similar to those in other ‘life events’ such as starting a new job, moving from one country to another or losing...
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In this chapter, we focus on the costs and constraints around university study as discussed by the students across the two previous projects (Brinkworth et al. in Student and staff expectations and experiences, Final Report. Office for Learning and Teaching Final Report, Canberra, 2013; King et al. in Exploring the experience of being first in fami...
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This book provides an in-depth analysis of what it means to be the first in family at university. It examines the factors that influence first in family students' decisions to enrol, attend and continue at university, and how their hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future affect their university experience. Using survey data and semi-structured i...
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This article focuses on a specific instance of migration and mobility in French film director Julien Duvivier’s career, namely his first brief stint in Hollywood in 1938. He was invited to film The Great Waltz, an expensive costume drama, for MGM, a studio renowned for its lavish attention to mise en scène. Unlike other French directors who had spe...
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This book is the first ever English-language study of Julien Duvivier (1896-1967), once considered one of the world’s great film filmmakers. It provides new contextual and analytical readings of his films that identify his key themes and techniques, trace patterns of continuity and change, and explore critical assessments of his work over time. Thr...
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First in Family (FiF) is an under-recognised equity grouping which may encompass low-SES, mature-aged, regional and remote, and Indigenous students. FiF tertiary students are more likely to be in a position of educational disadvantage over students who have other family members available to share the experience of university life and discuss aspira...
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Film stars are seldom out of the media spotlight. They are subject to a Bakhtinian ‘carnivalesque’ world in which the intrusiveness of the media turns their every move into performance. This study explores the lives of two very different ‘superstar’ actors: Kollywood’s Rajinikanth and Hollywood’s Marlon Brando. Rajinikanth is a stalwart of India’s...
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A number of recent Chinese and French films include frequent images of smoking by young female characters. This observation leads us to consider whether this is merely a conventional genre trope, or whether it is a broader reflection of changes in the ways that filmmakers wish to represent young women in these national cultures. We contend that smo...
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After Ewa Mazierska and Laura Rascaroli’s Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie (London: Wallflower Press, 2006) comes Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt’s collection of essays concentrating on the French-language road movie. Included are in-depth studies of well-known films (L’Emploi du temps, Western, Éloge de l’amour) a...
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Transitioning from high-school to university can be difficult, and many university teachers feel students are often ill-prepared for the change. To investigate this 233 Humanities and Science students at the University of Adelaide were surveyed 6 months into their first year regarding experiences of teaching and learning at university. 189 students...
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This article will examine the contributions made by composer Maurice Jaubert to three key French poetic realist films of the 1930s - L'Atalante (Vigo, 1934), Le Quai des brumes/Port of Shadows (Carne, 1938), and Le Jour se leve/Daybreak (Carne, 1939). Whereas the formal specificity of these films is often analysed in terms of their visual sensibili...
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Alexandre Trauner is remembered for his highly evocative `poetic realist' designs in films such as Le Quai des brumes (1938), Hôtel du Nord (1938), Le Jour se lève (1939) and Les Enfants du paradis (1945). His designs intertwined familiar iconography with stylistic accentuation so that the decor became the narrative's organising image. This article...

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