John C. Hamm
Introduction to the literature of one or more Asian traditions considered in its cultural context. Content varies depending on the specialization and interest of instructor. Texts in English translation.
For Autumn 2011, Asian 207 is co-taught with Comp Lit 272, with the title: ASIAN MARTIAL ARTS FILMS: Conventions, Institutional History, and Ideology. How did martial arts grow into a popular genre in fiction and film, and how did the genre become a worldwide craze? How do martial arts movies comment on East Asian and North American cultures? The course examines the formation of literary and cinematic conventions of martial arts films, the history of their production in countries such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and their ideological background. In addition to offering an introduction to filmic technique and Asian popular media, the course dwells on the importance of visual and bodily perception, gender constructions, and intercultural translation.
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The course consists of weekly film screenings (required), lectures, and discussion sections; students are additionally required to prepare assigned readings, and take weekly quizzes and a final exam.
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