How did martial arts grow into a popular genre in fiction and film, and how did the genre become a worldwide craze? How do martial arts movies comment on East Asian and North American cultures? The course examines the formation of literary and cinematic conventions of martial arts films, the history of their production in countries such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and their ideological background. In addition to offering a n introduction to filmic technique and Asian popular media, the coruse dwells on the importance of visual and bodily perception, gender constructions, and intercultural translation.
Introduction to study of film genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film genre. C LIT 270, C LIT 271, C LIT 272 are designed to be taken as a sequence, but may be taken individually.