7:15-8:30 TR ED 104 Screenings Thursday 8:30-10:30 *Satisfies COAS Requirements for AHLA* 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 the early 1920s up to the mid-1990s. Weekly topics include cinema of attractions, urban-rural antithesis, tragic visions, melodramatic representation, politicization and masculinization, cynicism and parody, visuality and modernity, identity crisis, violence and nostalgia, seduction of homecoming, subterrean yearnings, gender revisions, postmodern spectacle, and transnational positioning. Readings: Ackbar Abbas. Hong Kong: Culture and the Politics of Disappearance. Minnesota, 1997. Sheldon Lu, ed. Transnational Chinese Cinemas: Identity, Nationhood,Gender. Hawaii, 1997. Yingjin Zhang and Zhiwei Xiao. Encyclopedia of Chinese Film. Routledge, 1998. Course packet of additional articles.