Chinese Hollywood through the Lens of Visual Literacy
Instructor: Yan Ma
Course Dates: May 27 – July 1, 2014
Class Meeting Times: TBA
This is an intensive, interdisciplinary course exploring literature and research about China and, more specifically, Chinese women, through the analysis of Chinese film from historical, social, economic, political, and cultural perspectives. Students will develop visual literacy skills to learn to read and do a critical cultural analysis of Chinese film as visual texts. China's rapidly growing film industry, now referred to as "Chinese Hollywood," will also be examined as a cultural phenomenon with influence in China and throughout the world. This course will focus on selected key film directors whose films allow students to explore lives of Chinese and Chinese women. The course will be taught in English and all films will be viewed with English language subtitles.