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Fall 2017-2018
* EAS 325 / COM 385 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Cinematic Translation, Generic Adaptation: Melodrama, Horror, Action

Steven Chung

This course centers on a set on cinematic genres-melodrama, horror, and action-that have proven to be particularly suitable to global adaptation and appropriation. Their mobility may stem from the physical responses (tears, fright, violence) they represent or elicit. We will examine films from Hollywood, European, and East Asian cinemas to interrogate the question of cultural translatability, while at the same time reconsidering the social and cultural effects of genre itself. One of the central questions of our investigations will be: How do cinematic forms and their translation inform the discourses of nation and cultural difference?

Sample reading list:
Pedro Almodovar, Volver (2006)
Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Cure (1997)
Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Linda Williams:, Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess
Carol Clover, Men, Women, and Chainsaws
Emily Apter, The Translation Zone
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two weekly film screenings. 50 pages of reading weekly. Weekly reports. Final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22280 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   206   Enrolled:11 Limit:18
22279 F01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:11 Limit:18