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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Spring 2010

ANS 372 • Transnational East Asian Cinemas

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31030 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
6:30 PM-9:00 PM
PAR 308
PAR 306

Course Description

This course explores and reconsiders East Asian "national" cinemas in the contexts of international relations and media and cultural globalization. We will examine how changes in geo-cultural politics at the local/national, regional and global levels influenced the making and remaking of East Asian cinemas in terms of both textual and contextual practices. The course is divided into three parts. The first considers the concept of 'national cinema' and how it has been understood, shaped, and challenged. In particular, we will examine and compare the ways in which historical traumas are represented and re-imagined in the post-Cold War cinemas of China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea. The second part of the course will concentrate on selected auteurs and ‘art-house’ directors whose films are well known to international cineastes, including Zhang Yimou, Wong Kar-wai, Ozu Yasujiro, and Hong Sang-su. As we explore specific thematic patterns, aesthetic styles, and politico-cultural motivations of their films, we will also question the implications of the canonization of their work in and by the West. Finally, the last five weeks will look at the films that demonstrate the increasing trends of transnationalism in East Asian cinemas in the context of diaspora, hybridity, regional co-productions, and globalization. This is an upper-level undergraduate media/screen studies class. Background knowledge in film studies and/or Asian studies will be useful, but is not required.

Grading Policy

Participation/attendance at both regular class sessions and weekly film screenings: 10% Weekly response papers (1 page): 30% One critical position paper (3-4 pages): 10% Presentation on research paper in progress (with research outline and preliminary bibliography): 15% Final Research Paper: (10-12 pages): 35%


Transnational Chinese Cinemas: Identity, Nationhood, Gender. (ed. Sheldon Hsiao-peng, University of Hawai'i Press, 1997) Course Reader


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