Folklore | Chinese Film & Music
F600 | 25648 | S. Tuohy

Students must attend the Monday night session.

Above class meets at 501 N. Park.

Above class meets with Folk-F305 and is cross-listed in the
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC).

Fulfills: Area & Theory

The course introduces students to Chinese film, music, and the film
industry.  We will view and analyze a range of “Chinese” films
produced in and about China, from the early 1900s to today. In
particular, we will look at features films that focus on Chinese
music, musicians, and actors (including films about famous female
performers and heroines, opera stars, and martial arts masters). We
also will consider other genres such as documentaries, MTV, and
videos circulated through the internet.

Among the primary course objectives are: 1) to learn methods
for "reading" film music; and 2) to learn to read Chinese films and
listen to their soundtracks in relation to their representations of
Chinese culture.  We will explore theories, particularly those from
the field of ethnomusicology, and will experiment with methods for
the analysis of film music.  The films will be contextualized within
the social-historical conditions of their production as well the
conditions which they portray.

Every other week (approximately), we will meet on Monday evening to
view together selected films. This course will meet with an
undergraduate section, F305. Graduate students will be assigned
additional readings, including readings in film music theory, and
will complete a more extensive final project. On selected weeks,
graduate students will meet during the Monday evening session for
additional seminars. The course also fulfills a “theory” (F700)
requirement; it is cross-listed in the Department of East Asian
Languages and Cultures.