These are from lecture notes for a course I regularly teach called Global Cinema. -AS Key Terms and Ideas:
- Global South
- Developing World
- Postcolonial world
- Third World
- National Cinema
- Star Sytem / Celebrity Culture: Connected to National Cinema
- Academy Awards as a branch of the American National Cinema
I should start with a disclaimer: the terminology we’ll be using is an art, not a science.
To begin with, let’s take a stab at defining what we mean by the “Global South,” a phrase I used in the description for this course. Geographically, we are referring primarily to Africa, Asia, and Latin America -- but, more specifically, regions within those continents that are less economically advanced. Thus, when we say “Global South,” within Asia we are thinking more of South Asia and Southeast Asia, and less of economically developed countries like Japan and South Korea.
This is a loose geographical and cultural map -- I decided to include Korean cinema in this course even though South Korea is clearly economically highly developed. But the dialogue with western cinema is pretty intense and important in Korean cinema, and our unit on Bong Joon-Ho will line up pretty well with our other units. (It helps that Bong’s films are especially interested in representing the tension between rich and poor within Korean society.)