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Spring 2014-2015
* EAS 231 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Chinese Martial Arts Classics: Fiction, Film, Fact

Pieter C. Keulemans

This course provides an overview of Chinese martial arts fiction and film from earliest times to the present day. The focus will be on the close-reading of literary, art-historical, and cinematic texts, but will also include discussion of the significance of these works against their broader historical and social background. Topics to be discussed: the literary/cinematic pleasure of watching violence, the relationship between violence and the law, gender ambiguity and the woman warrior, the imperial and (trans)national order of martial arts cinema, and the moral and physical economy of vengeance.

Sample reading list:
Sima Qian, Biographies of the Assassins
Shi Nai'an, Outlaws of the Marsh
Pu Songling, The Female Knight Errant
Jin Yong, The Book and the Sword
Jackie Chan, Drunken Master
Lo Wei, Jing wu men

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages/week of primary and secondary readings and the occasional film screening. Biweekly response paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Open to freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43153 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:38 Limit:45
41663 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   Frist Campus Center   228   Enrolled:13 Limit:15
41664 P02 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   228   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43851 P03 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Frist Campus Center   209   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
43852 P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43154 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled