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Problems of Teaching Asian Cinema in a World Film History Course

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I will confine my presentation to outlining problems in teaching Asian film in our film studies courses, specifically focusing on a course such as World Film History. As a devotee of melodrama, I intend in the comments that follow to inject an affective, particularly querulous, even inflated focus, into my comments on teaching Asian film so that I can foreground the difficulties that I have encountered in teaching films from China, Japan, India, and other Asian countries in my courses on World Film History. I hope that by concentrating on my experiences, certain issues will arise that can generate a productive engagement with the intellectual and pedagogical issues involved. While my observations may appear to be dour and skeptical, weighted heavily toward identifying problems, other colleagues in this symposium will perhaps present a more positive and constructive view of the pedagogical and critical situation.
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Keywords: Europe; Hollywood; Third World; World Film History; film studies; screenings; visual arts

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2000

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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