Listed below are textbooks for this course; we do not necessarily study each and everyone of them from cover to cover; we will read only some of the writers from these books which offer critical perspectives and foci throughout the semester and therefore you are strongly encouraged to read them on your own.
- Bathes, Roland. Mythologies Noonday Press, 1957. ISBN: 0-374-52150-6
- Chow, Rey. Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality and Ethnography in Contemporary Chinese CinemaColumbia University Press, 1995. ISBN: 0-231-07683-5
- Lu, Sheldon. Transnational Chinese Cinemas. University of Hawaii Press, 1998. ISBN:0-8248-1845-8 and China, Transnational Visuality, Global Postmodernity, Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN: 0-8047-4204-9
- Nick Browne, Paul Pickowicz, Vivian Sobchack, esther Yau, ed. New Chinese Cinemas: Forms, Identities, Politics. Cambridge University, 1994. ISBN: 0-521-44877-8