- Code ASIA2042
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The course provides an overview of the cultural history of China since 1949, with particular emphasis on the post-Mao era (1976-present), through the analysis of representative Chinese-language films and prime-time TV serials recently shown in the mainland. The cinematic and televisual texts will be read not just as a "reflection" of Chinese society but as discursive constructions, the product of variable and historically specific sets of relations within particular contexts, and with a complex relationship to social change. In other words, we will look at representations of modern China, especially those using film as text, against the historical context in which the films were made. Particular attention will be paid to the change of a variety of images as cultural types in the films and TV dramas.
The course seeks to improve the students' understanding of Chinese culture and society since 1949 and also to enable students to explore the interpretive possibilities of working within a comparative framework in researching a non-western culture. Discussions will focus on the political, cultural, and social functions of Chinese cinema and ideological issues such as gender, nationalism, globalization and modernity, etc. in Chinese cinema.
Assessment will be based on (1) two essays: one short essay (20%) and one final take-home essay exam (35%); (2) one in-class oral presentation (35%), and (3) classroom participation and preparation of in-class readings (10%). The topic of the short essay should be selected by each student in consultation with the lecturer. Class attendance and participation will be required, though occasional absences will be allowed. Participation will be marked on attendance, willingness to participate, and performance of oral reading and responding to questions.
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