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CMS 597 A: Special Topics In Cinema And Media Studies

Sinophone Culture in the Eighties

Meeting Time: 
W 5:30pm - 8:20pm
Location: 
PDL B526
SLN: 
23540
Instructor:
Yomi Braester

Syllabus Description:

CMS 597: Sinophone Culture in the Eighties

AQ 2016, Yomi Braester

The 1980s marked a transitional and transformative period in Sinophone culture. The seminar explores major discursive shifts, including:

-          The changing definitions of culture and realignment of intellectuals vis-à-vis popular culture.

-          The reassessment of past cultural events, at the end of the Mao and Chiang dictatorships and in anticipation of the Hong Kong handover.

-          The reintroduction of the PRC as a key player in the Sinophone sphere and subsequent responses.

-          Trends in film culture: the rise of the Fourth and Fifth generations, New Taiwan Cinema and “the death of New Cinema,” the Hong Kong New Wave.

In addition, the seminar will address methodological questions about the cross-cultural historical study and the influence of our present perspective, as the generation born in the 1980s is dominating the cultural scene.

Update, 9/26: see the Announcements page for a tentative syllabus for the first weeks of class.

Additional Details:

The 1980s marked a transitional and transformative period in Sinophone culture. The seminar explores major discursive shifts, including:

-          The changing definitions of culture and realignment of intellectuals vis-à-vis popular culture.

-          The reassessment of past cultural events, at the end of the Mao and Chiang dictatorships and in anticipation of the Hong Kong handover.

-          The reintroduction of the PRC as a key player in the Sinophone sphere and subsequent responses.

-          Trends in film culture: the rise of the Fourth and Fifth generations, New Taiwan Cinema and ?the death of New Cinema,? the Hong Kong New Wave.

In addition, the seminar will address methodological questions about the cross-cultural historical study and the influence of our present perspective, as the generation born in the 1980s is dominating the cultural scene.

The syllabus and times of meeting will be finalized in consultation with the seminar participants.

Catalog Description: 
Varying topics in cinema and media studies. Offered by resident or visiting faculty.
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:32pm
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