Communication and Culture | National Cinemas (Transnational Chinese Cinema)
C398 | 13034 | Deboer, S


CMCL-C 398: National Cinemas
(Topic: Transnational Chinese Cinema)
Class Number: 13034

TuTh, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM, LI 044B
Required film screening: W, 7:15 PM-10:15 PM, SB 138

Fulfills College A&H Requirement

Instructor: Stephanie Deboer
E-Mail: sdeboer@indiana.edu
Office: C2 251
Phone: 856-3708

Course Description:
Chinese cinema is a notoriously messy affair that is fundamentally
dispersed ˇ§historically, politically, territorially, culturally,
ethnically and linguistically.ˇ¨  For example, martial arts and
action genres as well as big budget blockbusters ˇV exemplified by
such films as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, House of Flying
Daggers, and Red Cliff ˇV have increasingly entered our multiplexes
and DVD playlists of late.  Yet Chinese cinema incorporates a
multiplicity of projects. Linked to contexts located in and across
mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and beyond, ˇ§Chinese
cinemaˇ¨ can be articulated by a range of participants whose agendas,
concerns and means of expression fluctuate (and indeed often clash)
over time, space and medium. Chinese cinema can certainly engage
with dominant national concerns, as might be seen in such films as
Opium War and Farewell My Concubine.  It can also articulate
alternative youth, sexual, ethnic, migratory or linguistic agendas
within or across these boundaries, as exemplified in such films as
Happy Together, Durian Durian, Yi Yi and Thatˇ¦s the Way I Like It.
As with any cinema, it can be found on both small and large screens ˇV
distributed to multiplexes and festival venues or viewed on pirated
DVDs and shared online.

This class interrogates the ways in which Chinese cinema has been
constituted as a site of heterogeneity and negotiation by a range of
cultural actors, agendas and contexts of production and
distribution. In so doing, it asks how the dynamics of Chinese
cinema articulate and redefine debates that continue to animate the
study of national film and media as it encounters the intensities of
transnational exchange.  Screenings will include examples from the
Peopleˇ¦s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as
Singapore and other diasporic contexts.  We will attend to them as
they are connected to one another, to the East Asian region and to
the globe.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:
„X	Understand basic (trans)national terms and conditions
through which Chinese cinema has been configured
„X	Gain critical tools for reflecting, writing and presenting
about Chinese cinema (which should also prime you with tools to
engage with a wide range of film and media contexts in the globe)
„X	Reflect on your own relationship to the agendas, concerns
and contexts of Chinese cinema

Assignments will encourage reflection, interaction and debate.  They
will include:
„X	Participation in a class blog, group mini-presentations,
small group multimedia project, critical and research paper

No specific knowledge of any Chinese film or media is required as
you enter this course!