FTVM 441 - National Screens
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Korean Directors of Transgression: Bong Joon-ho, Kim Ki-young, and Park Chan-wook
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.

Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
35.00
Advisory Prerequisites:
FTVM 150 or FTVM (SAC) 236.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course examines films of three representative South Korean directors, Bong Joon-ho, Kim Ki-young, and Park Chan-wook, over the span of five decades. Some scholars call their films cult films. Others use “Asian extreme cinema,” a suspicious term saturated with Euro-American centrism, to refer to these directors’ non-normative narratives and styles. Regardless of these different nomenclatures, Bong, Kim, and Park are now regarded as the most important South Korean directors. One of the themes that bind these three directors together is transgression or deviation. Indeed, films of these directors explicitly challenge the social norms and tackle such issues as class division, gender inequality, inequitable society, and heteropatriarchy. Though it is impossible to view and analyze all their works, this course aims to follow their trajectory of filmmaking from their early works to their most recent work or swan song. By studying and comparing the works of these representative filmmakers intensively, this course also examines how these directors communicate with one another through styles, techniques, and artistic visions. Along with films by the three directors, students will also view Korean films of transgression made by women directors. Throughout the semester, we will also seek to answer the following questions: “what makes a great director?”, “who grants and recognizes the canonical status of films?”, “why aren’t there more representative women directors?”, and “can we decolonize Western-centrism in film studies by studying cinemas of small nations?”

Course Requirements:

Active participation, quizzes, response papers, and a final research project.
 

Intended Audience:

Advanced FTVM majors/minors and other majors who are interested in film aesthetics, national cinema, film theory, and auteur studies. It is highly recommended that students have previously taken at least one film analysis/history/theory course. No prior knowledge of the Korean language is required.
 

Class Format:

Two 90-minute seminars weekly.
 
 
 

 

Schedule

FTVM 441 - National Screens
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
29465
Closed
0
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for FTVM 441.001

View/Buy Textbooks

Syllabi

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for FTVM 441 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)