Faculty of Arts


China on Screen


The transformation of China’s contemporary cultures and communities can be charted through film. This course uses films from the 1930s until this century to examine the development and contestation of the Chinese nation. Several films will be compared with their literary originals in translation.

The course centres on discussion of nine major films from the Chinese-speaking world. Our first films are from the 1930s and 1940s and focus on the position of women. Socialist Chinese cinema is represented by several films, including literary adaptations. The rise of a new generation of filmmakers in the 1980s is a major theme, as we trace the changes in their careers, art and audiences. The internationalisation of Chinese cinema by the turn of the twenty-first century completes the course. 

Taught entirely in English.



Coursework only

Availability 2021

Semester 1


Lecturer(s) Professor Paul Clark


CHINESE 303: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Asian Studies or Media, Film and Television, or CHINESE 130 and 15 points at Stage II in Asian Studies



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