ASIAN 498 C: Special Topics

Spring 2023
Meeting:
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm / SAV 138
SLN:
10540
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
CMS 497 A
Instructor:
TOPIC: FROM KOREA TO TAIWAN: QUEER ASIAN CINEMA. OFFERED JOINTLY WITH CMS 497 A. NO OVERLOAD. EMAIL SANKIM@UW.EDU TO ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITLIST.
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

From Korea to Taiwan: Queer Asian Cinema

SP2023: ASIAN498C / CMS497A

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 Instructor: Ungsan Kim (Assistant Professor, he/him/his)  

E-mail: sankim@uw.edu                                                                  Course Time: T/Th 12:30-2:20pm

                                                                                         

Course Description

 

How do we define queer cinema? How does this term depart from more conventional and intuitive ways of naming the cinematic modality such as LGBT cinema or women’s cinema? And to what extent does the national, cultural, and historical specificity affect our understanding of queer cinema? And most importantly, how can we decolonize the studies of queer cinema that uncritically and unfairly situates the Euro-American traditions as the point of reference or archetypes of modern queer cinema in the world? Throughout the term, we will grapple with these questions by viewing, analyzing, and critically engaging with queer Asian cinema.

 

We will approach queer Asian cinema with two different angles: The representation and politics of queers on screen and what can be termed queer cinematic aesthetics. From queer films in the 1960s and 1970s to the most recent queer films, we will rigorously view and dissect each representative work of queer Asian cinema beyond cultural and national borders. We will mainly focus on the films that demonstrate both aesthetic and political dimensions of queer cinema, though we will also discuss a few more popular films, including those labeled as boys love films. Through these inter-Asian and transnational approaches, students will have opportunities to understand queer Asian cinema as a political and transnational mode of film production. In addition to surveying the proposed topics, students will also be introduced to several groundbreaking works of queer theory, which will help us to better understand the cinematic representation of queer subjects.

Catalog Description:
Offered occasionally by permanent or visiting faculty members. Topics vary. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements Met:
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
February 26, 2024 - 3:19 am