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Chinese Courses

1059 Adapted for the Screen: Chinese Literature and Film

Credits: 3

Adaptation is a common practice in Chinese cinema. A number of well-known films such as “Farewell My Concubine” and “Raise the Red Lantern” are adapted from fiction. In these cases, fiction lends itself to cinematic imagination and recreation on the screen. This course offers a chance to examine some canonical novels and novellas together with the films adapted from them in order to explore verbal and audiovisual representations in modern China. In particular, we will focus on issues of history, romance, gender, sexuality, and body politics, and how they are represented in both fiction and film.