FTVM 233 - Haunted by History: Asian Horror Cinema
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Horror genre has long been associated with ahistorical, apolitical, trashy, B-sentimental, and “low” taste. Yet, at the same time, as the most affectively and sensorially experienced film genre, horror films also “move” us through vicarious revenge, psychological reparation, and, of course, pure entertainment. This affective dimension of horror foregrounds the cultural politics of Asian horror cinema.

Genre cinema commonly exists upon the repetition of motifs and expected codes. At the same time, cultural, geopolitical, and historical specificities also affect the formation of a cinematic genre. This course in particular explores the ways in which Asian horror cinema narrativizes, visualizes, and politicizes socio-historical issues in the region. The course also examines how the genre itself creates cultural space for articulating such issues.

In order to familiarize all class members with cinematic grammar and styles, we will practice basic terminologies and film techniques throughout the semester. This course has sections taught by graduate instructors. During the section meetings, students will have the opportunity to review and practice what they have learned during the main lectures.

Please be advised that films taught in this course may contain graphic images, violent and frightening contents, and profanity.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students who are interested in Asian film cultures, genre films, and film analysis

Class Format:

Two 90-minute lectures in addition to 1-hour discussion section weekly


FTVM 233 - Haunted by History: Asian Horror Cinema
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
F 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
F 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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