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This subject focuses on contemporary Asian cinema and media with a special emphasis on their transnational aspects. Students will encounter examples mainly from cinema (both popular and 'art' film), but the subject also engages with other forms of media culture like television, computer games, music video and Internet cultures. These texts will be approached through analysis of the contexts of their production, distribution, and consumption as well as through textual analysis. Students will learn about new approaches to contemporary Asian cinema and media that understand these cultures as formed through transnational flows rather than as the product of discrete and bounded 'civilisations' as in traditional area studies approaches. On completion of this subject students should have an understanding of the transnationalism of Asian cinema and media today, knowledge of some of the key recent movements in Asian film and media, an appreciation of the historical contexts that underlie these patterns, and a sound grasp of the major scholarly approaches used to analyse these phenomena. Students completing the subject will be familiar with case studies including those from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and India.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of the subject, students should have:
- a detailed critical knowledge of Asian cinema and media as they relate to their specific histories, industries and cultures;
- an advanced understanding of the theoretical concept of alternative Asian modernity as shaped by the different conditions of colonisation, socialism, postcolonialism, industrialisation, indigenisation, regionalism and global capitalism;
- a high level comprehension of cultural forms such as postcolonial cinema, transnational action, martial arts, melodrama, Asian blockbuster and the art house film as they relate to different places and modernities in the Asian region;
- a well-developed ability to engage international and national debates in Asian cinema and media studies, and contextualize this in relation to the central concepts and principles of the discipline, as well as the wider community;
- mastered the critical skills and methods of Asian cinema and media, and apply its major critical approaches in their own work; and
- a sophisticated understanding of the research practices and principles related to Screen and Cultural Studies, while also recognizing the value of interdisciplinarity.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- have advanced research and analytic skills;
- show critical and ethical self-awareness; and
- have the ability to develop and communicate effective argument in both oral and written form.
Last updated: 25 August 2020