Issues in East Asian History–History of the Korean War through Movies

EALC-E 352 — Spring 2019

John Finch
Ballantine Hall 208 and Lindley Hall 035
Days and Times
M 5:45 – 7:00 pm and W 5:45 – 8:15 pm
Course Description

This course examines the history of the Korean War and the seventy-year long division of Korea into two hostile states through the lens of movies produced by various involved parties. Each week, the class will be organized around the screening of a feature film, preceded by an introduction to locate it in its social and cultural context, and followed by a discussion of the film in its context-- as a historical document and as a document of historical memory. While for most of the world the Cold War is a historical memory, Korea is still divided by this ideological split. Most of the films will be South Korean, but course material will also include North Korean and U.S movies to provide additional perspectives. Furthermore, we will watch South Korean films produced at different points in time, and cover a wide range of political points of view.

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