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CMS 272 A: Perspectives on Film: Genre

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 4:20pm
KNE 210
Joint Sections: 
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Yomi Braester

Syllabus Description:

Conventions, Institutional History, and Ideology
ASIAN 207A SLN 10582
CMS 272A SLN 12916
5 credits VLPA/I&S (ASIAN), VLPA (CMS)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20pm
Kane 210
How did martial arts grow into a popular genre in fiction and film, and how did the genre become a worldwide craze? How do martial arts movies comment on East Asian and North American cultures? The course examines the formation of literary and cinematic conventions of martial arts films, the history of their production in countries such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and their ideological background. In addition to offering an introduction to filmic technique and Asian popular media, the course dwells on the importance of visual and bodily perception, gender constructions, and intercultural translation.
Yomi Braester, Instructor
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm, via Zoom:
In-person office hours (Padelford C-504) by appointment.

Chris Hamm, Instructor

Office Hours: M,W 11:00 am to 12 noon, via Zoom:
In-person office hours (M235 Gowen Hall) by appointment.; 206-543-4974
Chiara Benitez
Cain Miller
Calac Nogueira

Yan Yumo

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Perform basic aesthetic, formal, and technical analysis of films and film sequences, using appropriate terms and concepts.
  • Propose thematic analyses of individual films and film sequences.
  • Define the role of genre in film production, film reception, and film production.
  • Describe broad historical trends in the production of martial arts films in East Asia and beyond, and locate individual films in relation to these broader trends.
Students in the course are required to:
  • Complete the Introductory Quiz on course policies and requirements
  • Complete assigned readings by the dates noted
  • View the assigned films by the dates noted
  • View pre-recorded lectures by the dates noted
  • Attend Class Meetings in Kane Hall on the first day of class (Wednesday 9/29) and Monday of each following week, or watch the Panopto recordings of these classes
  • Participate in Section Meetings via Zoom on Wednesdays of weeks 2 through 11
  • Complete weekly review exercises based on the assigned readings, lectures, and films
  • Complete weekly written assignments
  • Complete the final written assignment
Course components are weighted as follows:
  • Introductory Quiz: REQUIRED to pass the course
  • Section Participation: 10% of total grade
  • Weekly Review Exercises 30%
  • Weekly Written Assignments 45%
  • Final Written Assignment 15%

Weekly Flow

In a typical week, your participation in the course will follow the schedule below. The first week (when classes begin on a Wednesday), Thanksgiving week, and the final week of class will follow different schedules. Consult your Canvas calendar and course Home page for details.

  • Monday: Assigned readings due before Class Meeting
  • Monday: Class Meeting
  • Wednesday: Assigned films due before Section Meeting
  • Wednesday: Pre-recorded lectures due before Section Meeting
  • Wednesday: Section Meetings
  • Thursday: Review Exercise due (Canvas submission)
  • Saturday: Weekly Written Assignment due (Canvas submission)


Please consult the course policies on Access, Accommodations, COVID-19 precautions, Academic Integrity


Catalog Description: 
Introduction to study of film and/or television genre. Literary, mythic, and historic aspects of film and/or television genre.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Cinema & Media Studies Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
September 16, 2021 - 9:53am