Session 23: Chinese (Beijing) film: House of Flying Daggers, Fifth session: general discussion
Topics for this session
❖ Recent cinema from China (Beijing): House of Flying Daggers, fifth session of five
Overall, persistent topics for this film:
- Deception's role in romantic narratives
- (Confucian) loyalty (zhong) / faithfulness (xin) vs. individual desire (Confucian ren? Qing? Modern liberties?)
We use this period for general comments by me, for class-wide discussion and/or for small group work on some of the questions that have be stated on the modules or have come up during the screening of the film. (Regular year, currently not assigned for Summer 2012 students:) Since you will be completing a written assignment soon, you can use this class to explore questions you might be trying to work with for that assignment. I also might draw cards on this day and ask you opinion on various matters.
Required—to be completed for today's session
✓ I take roll on this day.
✓ Remember to bring in the topic questions for this film, at minimum.
✓ Complete and submit Responses to daily QuickThink questions according to the instructions on the form. (NOT assigned for Summer 2012 students)
Courtesy heads-up: The amount of material to "front load" for the next film, 2046, is much more than for any other film. 2046 is the third part of a difficult (plot-wise) trilogy and I require that you learn the story line of those two additional, somewhat confusing, films before we begin 2046. Look ahead to the material and budget your time accordingly.
Texts, multimedia notes, links*
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*THOUGHTS: Reading before class probably helps follow session content, reading afterwards might help consolidate notes, revisiting for tests is recommended. Content might be added before class or anytime up until about 24 hours ahead of a midterm.
*TEXTS, MULTIMEDIA NOTES, LINKS: If I have read from something, shown something or presented audio that is not elsewhere mentioned, I usually include that information here for the curious, sometime after the class (since I often make last-minute decisions about including something). It might take a while and sometimes I forget. You can email me.
*OTHER: When possible I note here names, places, and other details that I have mentioned in a lecture that would otherwise not be accessible in the assigned materials or easily located on your own. As with "TEXTS ..." this is usually sometime after class and, again, I might not be able to get around to doing it.