SPECIAL NOTE: This unit is taught in English and is open to non-Chinese speakers with all films shown with English subtitles. This unit is crosslisted with Asian Studies and can be taken as part of either a Chinese major or Asian Studies major. It will also be crosslisted with Screen Studies
Key Semester Dates
Final WW Date*
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
This unit explores major genres and themes of film in contemporary mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora. Genres and themes covered include realist, revolutionary, postsocialist, crosscultural and transnational identity, colonialist and postcolonialist and martial arts. In addition to providing a survey of the major film trends and directors, the unit provides political, social, cultural and economic backgrounds to the films shown. Competing issues in contemporary mainland China and the two other Chinese speaking regions will be explored. These include the tension between political control and artistic freedom, shifting values, transformation and change involving urbanisation and modernisation, Chinese nationalism and ethnic identity, colonialism and revolution, gender and sexuality, marginality and alienation, globalisation and sovereignty.
HMC217: 2 hour examination (40%), 2000-word research essay (40%), one 500-word literature review (10%), one group work project (10%)
HMC317 2 hour examination (40%), 2500-word research essay (40%), one 500-word literature review (10%), one group work project (10%)
TEACHING PATTERN: 13 x 2hr seminars plus approximately 10 films viewed through semester.
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