Folklore | Chinese Film & Music
F305 | 16633 | S. Tuohy

Fulfills COLL Arts & Humanities, Culture Studies List A

Above class meets for lecture in 501 N. Park Ave.

Required film screenings will be held every other Tuesday, 7:15 –
9:15 pm.

Above class meets with Folk-F600.

The course introduces students to modern Chinese society and music
life as represented through Chinese films. 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 feature films
that focus on Chinese music, musicians, and actors (including films
about famous female performers and heroines, opera stars, and
martial arts masters) as well as films and music that were linked to
social, political, and economic transformations in modern China. We
also will consider other genres such as documentaries, MTV, and
videos circulated through the internet.

Among the primary course objectives are to learn: 1) methods
for “reading” film music; and 2) 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 and music will be contextualized
within the social-historical conditions of their production as well
as the conditions which they portray. Every other week
(approximately), we will meet on Tuesday evening to view together
selected films. Films will have English-language subtitles; a
background in Chinese or music is not required.