Our readings for this week are: Wendy Larson, “The Concubine and the Figure of History: Chen Kaige’s Farewell my Concubine” (Lu, 331-346); and, a second one, namely Jenny Kwok Wah Lau, “‘Farewell my Concubine’: History, Melodrama, and Ideology in Contemporary Pan-Chinese Cinema” Film Quarterly 49.1 (Autumn 1995): 16-27.
For your R-Log this week, please select one of those readings to comment on, sharing a quote that you found particularly interesting, as well as your own engaged comments on it, and, also helpful, a question that you have to accompany the text, issues it poses, and/or their relation to themes we’ve been exploring.
Posts are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday (2/19).
P.S. Remember that our film is going to run about 5-7 minutes over on Monday night and that we’ll be posting discussion comments online instead of holding an in-class discussion afterwards. Please be on time, as we’ll hop straight into the film and its epic drama at 6 sharp!
Image: A scene from the Chinese opera “Farewell My Concubine,” performed at Lincoln Center, NYC, in 2007. Via the New York Times (12 July 2007). See the link above for more on this opera and its plot, as well as the recent performance.