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Korean Film and Society: No More Heroes

E ASIAN 40 (4.0 units)Session II

No More Heroes will introduce a variety of contemporary Korean films and consider their relation to society and history. Why are contemporary Korean films so dark and twisted? Why are the protagonists in these films so different from the ones we see in the Hollywood superhero or action movies? While the nation’s pop culture industry (i.e. K-pop) portrays a shiny and bright exterior, Korea’s internal politics of identity and ethics articulate a completely different narrative. Much like our recent experiences within the US, Korea has gone through a whirlwind of political, societal, and historical change. What we previously considered normal and safe is now threatened and disordered. While considering these social changes, this course will focus primarily on investigating the fading or outright disappearance of our familiar hero figures (i.e. the savior, the mother, the police, and the patriot). The main goal of the course is to watch and critically engage with films. Theoretical readings will be used to contextualize the films within historical themes but will be kept to a minimum. All texts will be provided in English and relevant clips of films will be screened in class. This course fulfills the GE IV and VIII requirement. (IV, VIII)

Instructor(s) Asokan, S.
Schedule MW 1:00 - 3:50pm, Rowland Hall 184
Units 4.0
Course Code 23010
UC Undergraduate (per unit) $ 279.00
UC Graduate (per unit) $ 349.00
Visitor (per unit) $ 349.00
Note(s) None