MA2076 Contempory Chinese Cinema
Tutor: Dr Manishita Dass
Teaching: 10 hours lectures, 10 hours seminars
Value: ½ unit
This course will introduce students to the history, formal complexities, and cultural politics of the contemporary cinemas of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
Over the last three decades, Chinese-language films -- from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora – have regularly garnered widespread critical acclaim and major awards at international film festivals, as well as box-office success around the world. This course traces the emergence of Chinese cinema into international prominence and its impact on maps of “world cinema,” paying close attention to film form and cultural contexts on the one hand, and to the interplay between the national and the transnational in the making of contemporary Chinese cinema – as a critical category and a cinematic commodity -- on the other. The aim is not to offer an exhaustive survey of the cinemas of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but to equip students with the necessary socio-historical context, theoretical frameworks, and analytical tools for exploring a fascinating cinematic terrain.