Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture Lecture Series 2011
Tradition, Culture and Aesthetics in Contemporary Asian Cinema
Peter C. Pugsley
University of Adelaide
September 29, 2011
Sophia University Yotsuya Campus, Building 10, Room 301
This presentation focuses on cinematic output from the Asian region - increasingly a force in global media production and the exchange of cultural understanding. Two key themes will be discussed. Firstly, I work toward a conception of an Asian aesthetic in contemporary film. My search is for images and motifs that lead us toward an understanding of how identities are constructed and how, in what is being cited as "the Asian Century", we see ourselves and others. Secondly, I revisit earlier debates on Orientalism and Occidentalism to see whether the concepts still have salience in unearthing why and how 'Asian cinema' stands apart from its Western counterparts. Through a text-based analysis of contemporary Asian films, and a more focused study of filmmakers such as Korea's Park Chan-‚—ook and Hong Kong's Wong Kar Wai, I illustrate how individual filmmakers work within a transnational industry to produce works that maintain a recognisable cultural aesthetic, thus continuing an Asian presence on global cinema screens.
Peter Pugsley teaches the courses Asian Screen Media, Broadcast TV & Radio and Advanced Media Theory at the University of Adelaide. His extensive teaching experience includes teaching in Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne and at RMIT University. He currently supervises a number of PhD candidates working on Asian media. Peter holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne's Department of English (Cultural Studies) and the Melbourne Asia Institute, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a BA (Hons) majoring in Chinese and Australian Studies. His most recent publication was an article on Indian cinema in the journal Continuum.
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