ASIAN 207 A: Special Topics in Literature and Culture of Asia

Winter 2024
Meeting:
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm / JHN 026
SLN:
10552
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
CMS 272 A
Instructor:
HAUNTED BY HISTORY: ASIAN HORROR CINEMA. STUDENTS OVER THE AGE OF 18 ONLY. N OVERLOADS. EMAIL INSTRUCTOR TO BE ADDED TO WAITLIST.
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Haunted by History: Asian Horror Cinema

ASIAN 207A / CMS 272A

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Course Description

What makes Asian horror so unique? Why is Asian horror so popular among the global audience? Along with the uncanny thrills and entertainment value these films offer, Asian horror cinema has stood out in its symbolic, allegorical, and figurative representation of social issues. From the global success and stunning popularity of Ring (リング, Dir. Nakata Hideo, 1998) to the recent emergence of art-house horror or post-horror films such as The Wailing (곡성, Dir. Na Hong-jin, 2016) and Mekong Hotel (แม่โขงโฮเต็ล, Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2012), Asian horror cinema has engaged global audiences with a diverse array of themes and aesthetic styles as well as political and cultural realities.

 

Horror genre has long been associated with ahistorical, apolitical, trashy, B-sentimental, and “low” taste. Yet, at the same time, as the most affectively and sensorially experienced film genre, horror films also “move” us through vicarious revenge, psychological reparation, and, of course, pure entertainment. This affective dimension of horror foregrounds the cultural politics of Asian horror cinema.

 

Genre cinema commonly exists upon the repetition of motifs and expected codes. At the same time, cultural, geopolitical, and historical specificities also affect the formation of a cinematic genre. This course in particular explores the ways in which Asian horror cinema narrativizes, visualizes, and politicizes socio-historical issues in the region. The course also examines how the genre itself creates cultural space for articulating such issues. Throughout the course, students will read the “political unconscious” of Asian horror cinema and theorize the genre’s specificity and intra-Asian relationship.

Catalog Description:
Introduction to the literature of one or more Asian traditions considered in its cultural context. Content varies depending on the specialization and interest of instructor. Texts in English translation.
GE Requirements Met:
Social Sciences (SSc)
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
May 23, 2024 - 7:35 pm