C LIT 272
Introduction to study of film genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film genre. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.
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
Lectures (80 minutes) twice a week, and film screenings (up to 110 minutes) once to twice a week.
Attend class meetings and do the readings!
Class assignments and grading
film clip analysis
weekly written responses and three short take-home assignments