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Fall 2017-2018
* COM 208 / EAS 209 / ARC 210 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Urban Horror Cinema: Asian Cities Crisis

Erin Y. Huang

This course examines "urban horror" and "capitalism" as the cinematic motifs in contemporary East and Southeast Asian films. From Beijing to Hong Kong, and Singapore to Inner Mongolia, Asian cities are harboring urban imaginations that challenge existing human comprehension. Through emptied city centers, inexplicable psychosis, and the dizzying display of accelerated traffic, urban horror cinema provides a space for understanding the relationship between capitalist and (post-)socialist urban transformations-zoning, demolition, real estate speculation, housing crisis, street protest-and the mental life in the region's mega-metropolises.

Sample reading list:
David Harvey, Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City
Max Hirsh, Airport Urbanism: Infrastructure and Mobility in Asia
Aihwa Ong, Neoliberalism as Exception: Mutations in Citizenship
Stephan Al, Mall City: Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of Consumption
Fruit Chan, The Midnight After (Film, 2014)
Anthony Chen, Ilo Ilo (Film, 2013)

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately one film and 100 pages of reading per week. Weekly forum posting, two term papers, and a multimedia final project (where students focus on an Asian city) with a written component.

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 5%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prior knowledge of Asia or Asian languages is required. Students who took FRS 169, Asian Urban Horror, in fall 2015 are ineligible to enroll in COM 208..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22233 L01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   Jones Hall   100   Enrolled:13 Limit:25