Comparative Literature | Studies in Non-Western Film: Sword and Love in Chinese Film and Lit
C291 | 15202 | Prof. K. Tsai


MW 2:30 - 3:45 PM & M 7:15 -9:45 PM (SCREENING)
This course carries cultural studies credit and the college arts &
humanities distribution credit.

How did kung fu films become the most popular form of
entertainment in East Asia? How can one explain its
unlikely connections with romance, the sentimental film,
and the spaghetti Western? This course explores the
literary and cinematic conventions of knight-errant
(wuxia) films and fiction in China, tracing their trajectory
from classical sources to contemporary Hong Kong and
China. Through this genre one may gain a unique vista to
the ideological inner workings of manhood, friendship,
gender, nationalism, and enlightenment. (3 credits)

Films
 The Last Hurrah for Chivalry
 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
 Drunken Master
 Shaolin Soccer
 The Bride with White Hair
 Ashes of Time
 Chungking Express
 2046
 Hero
 The House of Flying Daggers
 Rashomon
 The Seven Samurai