講師: MA Ran/馬然 (Nagoya University; E-mail :maran[at]nagoya-u.jp)
In this fast-changing, ever globalizing world, the life and existence of human beings are to great extent defined by the urban condition they are enmeshed within and struggling with. This graduate-level seminar attempts to survey major urban issues and cultural topics in modern societies by engaging with a wide spectrum of cultural texts drawn from films, literary works as well as architecture; in case studies, particular attention is paid to the social context and cities in Asia. City will not only be simply explored as the theme or ambience featured in these texts, following our adventure of “entering” the city, with the socio-historical dimensions of urban space theoretically surveyed, we shall direct our attention to the urbanites and their mental life. Finally, the seminar will position the study of urban culture within the heated discourses and debates on globalization. Departing from observations upon Asian metropolises, students are expected to debate and discuss cinematic texts in relation to the urban condition of local, regional and global scales. Through the seminar, students will learn to approach and critique the cultural space of cities by utilising key concepts drawn from various theoretical perspectives such as cultural studies, visual culture and sociology.
READING SESSION: CITY AS CULTURAL TEXT
Donald Richie, Tokyo: A View of the City, London, England: Reaktion Books, 1999,11-16
Walter Benjamin, “Paris, the Capital of the Nineteenth Century”, 1935
NOTE: Students are expected to read the assigned texts before the intensive lectures start.
ARRIVING IN THE CITY: SPACE, EVENT AND CINEMA
Yomi Braester, “Arriving in the City; Touring the City; Watching the City”, Cinema at the City’s Edge: Film and Urban Networks in East Asia. Yomi Braester, James Tweedie, eds., Hong Kong University Press: 2010.
Mark Shiel. “Cinema and the City in History and Theory”, Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context, ed. Tony Fitzmaurice and Mark Shiel, 2001
Film for discussion: Sans Soleil, Dir. Chris Marker, 1983
(also refer to Tokyo-ga, Dir. Wim Wenders, 1985)
HAUNTING CITIES: THE UNCANNY AND THE GHOSTLY
Dudley Andrew, “Ghost Towns”, Cinema at the City’s Edge: Film and Urban Networks in East Asia. Yomi Braester, James Tweedie, eds., Hong Kong University Press: 2010.
Freud, “Uncanny”, 1919
Tweedie, James. in “Morning in The New Metropolis: Taipei and the Globalization of City Film,” Cinema Taiwan: Politics, Popularity and State Of The Arts, edited by Darrell William Davis and Ru-shou Robert Chen, Routledge, 2007, p116-130
Film for discussion: TBA.
THE DISAPPEARING CITY: RUINS & MONUMENTS
Sheldon H. Lu, “Tear Down the City: Reconstructing Urban Space in Contemporary Chinese Popular Cinema and Avant-Garde Art”, The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema And Society At The Turn Of The Twenty-First Century, eds. Zhang Zhen, 2007
Film for discussion: 100 Flowers Hidden Deep, Dir.:Chen Kaige (available at YouTube); TBA
Session 5-6 (time of film screening included)
FLÂNEUR AND STRANGERHOOD: ROAMING IN THE CITY
Georg Simmel, “the Stranger”
Also available online at: http://midiacidada.org/img/O_Estrangeiro_SIMMEL.pdf
Linda Chiu-Han Lai, “Whither the Walker Goes: Spatial Practices And Negative Poetics In 1990s Chinese Urban Cinema”, The Urban Generation: Chinese Cinema And Society At The Turn Of The Twenty-First Century, eds. Zhang Zhen, 2007
Walter Benjamin, “On Some Motifs on Baudelaire”
Homework Viewing: Suzhou River, Dir. Lou Ye, 2000
CIRCULATING IMAGES IN THE GLOBAL ERA: INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NETWORK
Julian Stringer, “Global Cities and International Film Festival Economy,” Cinema and the City: Film and Urban Societies in a Global Context, ed. Mark Shiel and Tony Fitzmaurice, London: Blackwell, 2001, 134–44
Thompson, Kristine & Bordwell, David, 2010. “Toward a Global Film Culture”, Film History: An Introduction, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, p694-712
THE SPACE OF POLITICS & THE POLITICS OF SPACE IN THE ERA OF GLOBALIZATION—THROUGH THE LENSING OF CINEMA
Butler, Judith. “Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of The Street”, Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Activism. Meg McLagan and Yates McKee. MIT Press. November 2012, p117-137
Chee Lilian & Lim Edna. 2015. “Asian Films and The Potential Of Cinematic Space”, in Asian Cinema and the Use of Space: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Chee Lilian & Lim Edna, Routledge
NOTE: Group Presentation Session