課程介紹Course Description：The course is conducted in English
In this course we look closely at several Taiwanese films over the past two decades, and through them we intend to understand what prominent phenomena and changes have been taking place in Taiwan’s social culture. Some of the films speak to the current socio-political conditions on this island; some reflect an emerging cultural trend; some indicate social problems; yet some propose alternative approaches to history. In any case, those films present themselves as various attempts to make conversations with the world that we call Taiwan and live in. It is in this thread of thought that we learn to establish a connection between Taiwanese films and Taiwanese social trends/events through this course.
Through this course we expect to understand the social development vis-a-vis cinema in Taiwan. We look closely at the emergence of Taiwan New Cinema in the 1980s as well as the socio-political and -cultural contexts in which it emerged. This course moves on to discuss various subject matters and social trends in Taiwan from the 1990s on; we also look at the films produced in Taiwan in relation to those matters and trends.
This course is part of the popular “Exploring Taiwan” series offered at NTU since 2012. At once a history and a museology class, the course analyzes a variety of museums in Taiwan and their constructed narratives with critical readings in museum studies. The museums featured range from archaeology to contemporary art, from natural history to ethnography, and from concrete artifacts to intangible cultural heritage and digitized material. All focus on different aspects of Taiwan’s history and culture and are conveniently located in the greater Taipei area for visitations.
Readings will be mostly in English and occasionally in Chinese. International students can partner with local students to complete readings. We will focus on one museum each week and read its official publications, independent historical and museological research on its subject, and studies on comparative museums abroad. Each class will consist of a 2-hour lecture by the instructor, followed by a 1-hour group discussion on key readings or video clips. There will be 2 fieldtrips to local museums and 2 guest lectures by museum professionals or museum studies scholars.
In the history of Taiwanese film, a variety of genres appear, including chivalric films, independent films, and New Wave cinema. In the local film industry’s period of revival following the box-office success of Wei Te-Sheng’s Cape No. 7, a new genre, queer film, emerged, which questions and problematizes traditions and norms. Referring to discourses and practices that focus on challenging normative constructions, queer art, and particularly literature, is a force that consistently resists all kinds of hegemony within Taiwanese culture. Emerging digital and science-fiction discourses further enrich the possibilities for queer literature and film. This course focuses on significant queer literature and film from the past decade, fashioning dialogues between the two.
This course aims to prepare students for subsequent study in the field of Taiwanese queer films and related critical theories. The materials include selected queer films, texts, and theories that work on the social issues with Taiwanese contexts. By examining selected Taiwanese queer films and critical discourses with both Taiwanese and European-American contexts, the course helps students to rethink the cultural, artistic, and social issues embedded in the selected materials. Students are expected to improve their critical skills and aesthetical connoisseurship while learning the beauty of the island.