CLIT2065: Hong Kong culture: Representations of Identity in Literature and Film

Fall 2021 | 6 Credits | Dr. Alvin Wong

This course examines the transformation of identity in Hong Kong through the analysis of the tropes of crises, home, and border-crossing in contemporary Hong Kong literary, filmic and other cultural texts. It explores how various crucial moments of transition in Hong Kong history have produced identity crises in the people of Hong Kong. The course will also explore the possibility of understanding one’s sense of self through the various practices of writing Hong Kong. We will discuss critically the relation between nation and home, self and other, the individual and the collective, memory and forgetting to critique the cultural problems bound up in a space of flows called “Hong Kong.” Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of important cultural texts in Hong Kong literature and cinema.