Chinese Media Cultures

Ying Qian

This graduate seminar examines critical issues and under-studied topics in the histories of Chinese cinema and photography. We cover a historical period from mid-19th century to the present, pay attention to the political, social and cultural environments and media technologies that gave rise to specific visual expressions, and consider photography and cinema in relation to other art forms going through equally rapid transformations in modern China: traditional Chinese painting, graphic arts, theater, architecture, and music.

Language prerequisite: intermediary to advanced Chinese, exceptions must be approved by instructor.