East Asian Languages & Cultures | Studies in Chinese Cinema
E333 | 1524 | Zhang
Topic: Visions of the City
This course investigates images of the city in Chinese cinema from both
critical and historical perspectives. It covers three geopolitical regions
in Chinese film production--mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan--from
1922 up to 1997. Weekly topics include the cinema of attractions; urban
and destruction; metropolitan culture; politicization and masculinization;
cynicism, parody, and tactics of everyday life; primitive passions and the
global market; urban enigma and the crisis of male subjectivity; violence,
nostalgia, and fantasy; the diaspora and postmodernity; the female vision
of the city; spectacle of transnational action; and the global city.
Lu, Sheldon Hsiao-peng, ed. Transnational Chinese Cinemas: Identity,
Nationhood, Gender. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997.
Teo, Stephen. Hong Kong Cinema: Extra Dimensions. London: BFI, 1997.
Zhang, Yingjin, ed. Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943.
Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999.
A Course Pack containing required readings.
Requirements (for E333/CMLT C291):
10% attendance & active participation in class
10% 1 team project (outline and presentation)
10% mid-term exam
20% 4 journals (1 double-space page each)
20% 1 term paper (4 double-space pages)
30% final exam