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Schedule


Students are expected to finish the assigned readings by the class meeting:
TIME
CONTENT
SCREENING
Week One (1/17)
Course Introduction; Meeting China: Assumptions & Expectations
Discovering China
Week Two (1/24)

READING:

  • Ssu-yu Teng & John K. Fairbank, "China's Response to the West," in The Chinese: Adapting the Past, Facing the Future, 1991, pp. 67-79.
  • Warshaw, "China in Perspective," in China Emerges, pp.1-16.
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 1-3.
 
Week Three (1/31)

READING:

  • Tam & Dissanayake, "Chen Kaige: Steps toward a Personal Cinema," in New Chinese Cinema, pp.11-22
  • Esther C. M. Yau, "Yellow Earth: Western Analysis and a Non-Western Text," in Perspectives on Chinese Cinema, pp. 62-79.
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 4-6.
Yellow Earth,
dir. CHEN Kaige(89 mins)
Week Four (2/7)

READING:

  • Warshaw, "The Chinese Republic," in China Emerges, pp.97-110.
  • Leo Ou-Lee, "The Tradition of Modern Chinese Cinema: Some preliminary Explorations and Hypotheses," in Perspectives on Chinese Cinema, pp. 6-20
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 7-9
Crows & Sparrows,
dir. ZHENG Junli (108 mins)
Week Five (2/14)

READING:

  • Sheldon Hsiao-peng Lu, "National Cinema, Cultural Critique, Transnational Capital: The Films of Zhang Yimou," in Transnational Chinese Cinema, pp.105-136.
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 10-12.
Raise the Red Lantern,
dir. ZHANG Yimou (125 mins)
Week Six (2/21)

READING:

  • Warshaw, "Communism in China," in China Emerges, pp.155-186
  • Tam & Dissanayake, "Zhang Yimou: Dramas of Desire and the Power of the Image," in New Chinese Cinema, pp.23-34
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 13-15.
To Live,
dir. Zhang Yimou (133 mins)
Week Seven (2/28)

READING:

  • Warshaw, "The People's Republic of China," in China Emerges, pp.133-154
  • Tam & Dissanayake, "Tian Zhuangzhuang: Reconfiguring the Familiar and the Unfamiliar," in New Chinese Cinema, pp.35-45
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 16-18.
The Blue Kite,
dir. Tian Zhuangzhuang (138 mins.)
Week Eight (3/7)

READING:

  • June Yip, "Constructing a Nation: Taiwanese History and the Films of Hou Hsiao-Hsien," in Transnational Chinese Cinema, 1997, pp.139-168.
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 19-21.

    Wrap-up discussion of China and meet other East Asian regions

 
Week Nine
( 3/11-3/15)
Spring Break
Week Ten (3/21)

READING:

  • Christopher Hughes, "The Crisis of Chinese Nationalism in Taiwan," in Taiwan and Chinese Nationalism, pp.21-45.
  • Jon Kowallis, "The Diaspora in Postmodern Taiwan and Hong Kong Film: Framing Stan Lai's the Peach Blossom Land with Allen Fong's Ah Ying," in Transnational Chinese Cinema, pp.169-177.
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 22-24.
Secret Love / Peach Blossom Spring,
dir. LAI Stan
Week Eleven (3/28)

READING:

  • Joseph Anderson and Donald Eichie, The Japanese Film: Art and Industry, pp. 21-34, 223-225, 376-380.
  • Chang, Wild Swans, 25-26.
Rashomon,
dir. Akira Kurosawa (83 mins.)
Week Twelve (4/4)

READING:

  • Wei Ming Dariotis & Eileen Fung, "Breaking the Soy Sauce Jar: Diaspora and Displacement in the Films of Ang Lee," in Transnational Chinese Cinema, pp.187-192, 207-213.
  • Chang, Wild Swans, Chapters 27-28.
Eat, Drink, Men & Women,
dir. LEE Ang (124 mins.)
Week Thirteen (4/11)

READING:

  • Robert Yahnle, "Summary and Notes: Shall We Dance?"
    http://www.gen.umn.edu/faculty_staff/yahnke/filmteach/shallwe.htm
Shall We Dance?,
dir. Masayuki, Suo (118 mins.)
Week Fourteen (4/18)


READING:

  • Abbas, "Introduction: Culture in a Space of Disappearance," in Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance, pp. 1-15.
  • Chiao Hsiung-Ping, "The Distinct Taiwanese and Hong Kong Cinemas," in Perspectives on Chinese Cinema, pp. 155-165.

    Book review due

Comrades, Almost a Love Story,
dir. Chan Hosan (Peter) (127 mins)
Week Fifteen (4/29)
Summary discussion
April 29 Final paper due (no late final papers accepted)

 

 

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