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150026 SE Filming the Nation: China on Screen (M3 LK) (2021W)

10.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung
VOR-ORT

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Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

UPDATE 20.11.2021: Classes will take place online on Zoom during the lockdown. A link will be posted on Moodle before the next session is due.

Attendance of the first session is compulsory to attend the seminar, and participants must comply with the Coronavirus measures stipulated by the University.

Dienstag 05.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 12.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 19.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 09.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 16.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 23.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 30.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 14.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 11.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 18.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05
Dienstag 25.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum Ostasienwissenschaften 1 UniCampus Hof 5 2I-O1-05

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar centres on the relationship between cinema and nation to explore screen representations of China from early-twentieth-century silent cinema to contemporary digital filmmaking. It focuses on mainland Chinese film culture and covers a range of cinematic styles and genres including melodrama, horror, comedy, socialist realism, opera films, independent documentary, and women’s cinema, among others.

Selected films and readings aim to encourage participants to reflect critically on the ways in which cinema from and about China can contribute to either counter or consolidate triumphalist national narratives and utopian dreams alongside subaltern histories – and herstories – and alternative visions of Chinese identity and nationhood. Another aim is to illuminate cinema’s persistent entanglement with the shifting politics of the Chinese nation and the medium’s constant renegotiation with rapid, and often radical, socioeconomic transformation. Each session revolves around a specific topic such as modernity, gender, war, ruins, revolution, reform, subalternity, globalization, and others. Each topic is illustrated by one or more case studies (films) that form the basis of the seminar discussion.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will acquire a comprehensive knowledge of in mainland Chinese film culture and enhance their ability to examine and interpret complex visual texts. They will learn how to apply visual analysis, close reading, and a range of theoretical approaches to assess the significance of image-making in China’s nation-building effort and to understand the role of narrative, visuality, and representation in the construction and deconstruction of notions of national identity and “Chineseness”. Participants will be encouraged to think about film from critical perspectives such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality and in relation to theories of history and memory. Thus, the seminar will increase understanding of key concepts in film analysis and critical theory.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Attendance; preparation of and written comments on the seminar materials; active participation (including online, with cameras on, in the event of remote delivery due to Covid) 15%

Presentation (reading reports; film analysis) 20%

Presentation of seminar paper plan (PowerPoint with preliminary bibliography) and presentation 15%

Final written paper (seminar paper, 15-20 pages, excluding bibliography) 50%
Deadline: 20 February 2022, submission via Moodle

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The seminar is conducted in English. Core viewings (films) and readings will be made available in (or subtitled in) English, Chinese, or both languages. Secondary sources in English and Chinese will be provided via Moodle. Sinology students who take this seminar should be able to read and analyse Chinese-language texts (e.g. essays, reviews, interviews, academic articles). These students should also reference Chinese-language sources in the final written paper.

Each session consists of a brief introduction followed by presentations and group discussions. The purpose of the introduction is to contextualize the main topic of the session, whereas the presentation and discussion focus on the films assigned for independent viewing ahead of each session, and related readings. Students are expected to take a collaborative and interactive approach to the course. Regular attendance, preparation of seminar materials (readings, viewings), and active participation (including online, with cameras on, in the event of remote delivery due to Covid) are essential and count for 15% of the final grade.

A maximum of 3 unjustified absences (three sessions) is allowed.

Participants are required to give a presentation (individual or group presentation depending on the number of course participants) centred on film analysis and the assigned readings and an individual presentation on the topic of the final seminar paper. Each presentation counts for 20% of the final grade. Students who do not wish to present orally have the option of showing a pre-recorded slideshow or video presentation. Detailed guidelines will be given at the start of the course.

The final written paper counts for 45% of the final grade. Participants can choose any topic as long as it addresses one or more themes explored during the course.

All assignments need to be fulfilled to attain a positive overall grade.
The final written paper must be passed to pass the course, regardless of the partial grades achieved in the other assignments.

Late submission: Up to one week of delay is permitted, with a deduction of one full grade for the week or part thereof.

Prüfungsstoff

n/a

Literatur

Berry, Chris, and Mary Farquhar. China on Screen: Cinema and Nation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Lim, Song Hwee, and Julian Ward. The Chinese Cinema Book. Second edition. London: BFI, 2020.

Zhang Yingjin, Chinese National Cinema. London: Routledge, 2004.

Zhang Yingjin. ed. A Companion to Chinese Cinema. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Cheng, Jihua. Zhongguo dianying fazhan shi. Beijing: Zhongguo Dianying Chubanshe, 1997.

Cheng Jian /Jim Cheng. Zhongguo dianying yanjiu shumu tiyao / An Annotated Bibliography of Chinese Film Studies (Chinese/English). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2004.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

LK 421/422

Letzte Änderung: Sa 20.11.2021 21:48