The semester is moving fast… This week for our R-Log please share a working outline of your research paper. Remind us of the focused question(s) your paper is exploring, brainstorm and share your thesis or main point(s) of argument, and then lay out the main sections that will compose the body of the paper and the sources you have (primary and secondary) that will help you flesh out the discussion in each of them.
Consider this an opportunity to map out the bones and skeleton of your project in progress, develop analyses, and also nail down what your next steps need to be as a concrete plan of action for research and writing.
GIF: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
We’ll view the film tonight, but it’ll be a full-period screening! As mentioned previously, though we don’t have time for an in-class discussion, comments may be shared here. Feel free to join a discussion, add thoughts, ideas, questions, comments and chat. Extra credit to all who participate…
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.
This week we’ll be doing research logs — please share an image or a clip from one of the films you’re thinking of using for your project, and tell us something about what was happening in China or Hong Kong (political shifts, social changes, economic factors, other?) at the time the film was made… What’s the context that’s relevant?
(due midnight Sunday)
For our first “QQC” discussion (see syllabus) we’ll be exploring two texts. One, a primary source, is Mao Zedong‘s “Talks at the Yenan Forum on Art and Literature” from 1942 (for a brief background on the talks, see here.)
The other text is a secondary work (i.e., a work of scholarship and analysis of the topic) by Jason McGrath entitled, “Communists Have More Fun! The Dialectics of Fulfillment in Cinema of the People’s Republic of China,” from the journal World Picture 3 (2009).
See the course syllabus for guidelines for readings and the QQC – Quote / Question / Comment – assignment. Simply share your QQC thoughts on one of the assigned readings below in comments here. (Don’t forget that both are to be read for classtime, of course…)
Posting deadline: midnight on Sunday.
Image: Mao Zedong (center) along with Zhou Enlai (left) and other comrades, at the Yenan base area, 1937. Source: Wikimedia commons.
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