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LTEA 120A FA10 syllabus

LTEA 120A FA10 syllabus - Department of Literature Fall...

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1 Department of Literature Fall 2010 LTEA 120A: Chinese Films (4) Topic: Visions of the City Professor Yingjin Zhang Class time: MWF 9:00-9:50 am Screening time: T 7:00-10:00 pm Classroom: Center Hall 212 Screening room: Center Hall 214 Office hours: MWF 10:00-10:50 am Office: Literature Bldg 339 Office phone: 858-534-5991 Email: [email protected] Description This course investigates visions of the city constructed in Chinese cinema over 90 years. We will watch films produced as early as 1922 and as recently as 2007. Weekly topics include urban entertainment and teahouse culture (1920s), urban corruption and cosmopolitanism (1930s), urban reconfiguration and idealism (1940s), urban reconstruction and socialist virtues (1950s), urban history and revolutionary aesthetics (1960s-1970s), urban transformation and ideological critique (1980s), urban migration and female sexuality (1980s-1990s), urban enigma and male subjectivity (1990s-2000s), urban fantasy and postsocialist nostalgia (1990s-2000s), as well as urban theater and global commercialism (2000s). No knowledge of the Chinese language is required, but upper-division standing is recommended. All required films carry English subtitles, and all reading is done in English. Grading 36% 3 short papers on designated criticisms and films (1 double-space page each, 12% each) 40% 1 term paper (3 double-space pages) 24% final exam (3 essay questions, 8% each) -------- 100% Reading Required books Berry, Chris, ed. Chinese Films in Focus II . Palgrave, 2008. ISBN: 1844572374. PN1993.5.C4 C4624 2008 Zhang, Yingjin. Chinese National Cinema . Routledge, 2004. ISBN: 041517290X. PN1993.5.C4 Z49 2004 Zhang, Yingjin. Screening China: Critical Interventions, Cinematic Reconfigurations, and the Transnational Imaginary in Contemporary Chinese Cinema . Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies, 2002. ISBN: 0892641584. PN1993.5.C4 Z54 2002 Zhang, Yingjin, ed. Cinema and Urban Culture in Shanghai, 1922-1943 . Stanford UP, 1999. ISBN: 0804735727. PN1993.5.C4 C565 1999 Note : Books listed above are available for purchase at UCSD Bookstore.
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2 Other references Braester, Yomi. “Chinese Cinema in the Age of Advertisement: The Filmmaker as a Cultural Broker.” China Quarterly 183 (Sept. 2005): 549-564. Browne, Nick, et al., eds. New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics . Cambridge UP, 1994. Farquhar, Mary, and Yingjin Zhang, eds. “Chinese Stars,” a special issue of Journal of Chinese Cinemas , 2.2 (2008). Martin, Fran, and Larissa Heinrich, eds. Embodied Modernities: Corporeality, Representation, and Chinese Cultures . U of Hawaii P, 2006. Lu, Sheldon Hsiao-peng, ed. Transnational Chinese Cinemas: Identity, Nationhood, Gender . U of Hawaii P, 1997. Zhang, Yingjin. Cinema, Space, and Polylocality in a Globalizing China
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