History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ARTH 303: National Traditions

ARTH 303-001: Contemporary Chinese Film
(Fall 2017)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

East Building 122

Section Information for Fall 2017

This course provides a historical overview of Chinese language cinema, focusing on productions from Mainland China.  The story of Chinese cinema is closely entwined with the turbulent history of 20th century China.  Since its beginnings in the early 1900s – during the final years of the last imperial dynasty – Chinese cinema has embodied and responded to the profound challenges brought about by a rapidly changing world.  In exploring this story, we will study the works of a number of key directors and examine moments of dramatic shifts in cinematic style within a broader social and political context.  We will pay particular attention to issues of national, cultural, and gender identities, the relationship between art and politics, and cross-cultural communication.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-3

Studies traditions of art and architecture within a single selected country or historical region. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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