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John C. Hamm
ASIAN 207
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia

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.

Class description

For Autumn 2013, 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.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

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.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by John C. Hamm
Date: 09/09/2013