Chinese Film and Popular Culture
Chinese feature films and other popular cultural phenomena (e.g., music, television, fashion, the internet) provide a medium for understanding a society undergoing rapid change. The emphasis is on contemporary developments, including youth cultures and Beijing from the 1960s to the present day. No knowledge of Chinese language is required.
We start with two films from the 1930s to examine progressive ideas and social change before 1949. Everyday life is the next focus, including in the Cultural Revolution decade (1966-1976). Topics include clothing and collective memories of the era reflected in film. The second half of the course examines social change in the reform era (post-1978), with a particular emphasis on changes in Beijing.
Coordinator(s) Professor Paul Clark
CHINESE 724: 30.0 points