This course focuses on how film lends itself to visually capturing distinct cultural ethos, social customs and personal psychology bounding the greater China region (mainland and Taiwan) in the global era. Well-known Chinese directors such as Chen Kaige, Zhang Yimou, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang will be studied through the 1990's "New Wave Cinemas." We will also study the distinct techniques and styles of the rising "Sixth Generation" directors (such as Wang Xiaoshuai, Jiang Wen, Jia Zhangke) to see how key values of traditional Chinese Culture and society have been contested and reinvented under the global conditions. To that end, we will study the newly revived genre of "martial arts legends." This course can be taken by Department majors in conjunction with CHIN 1908, Directed Writing.
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