Continuing the Conversation: Manchurian Candidate

When the film ends, the discussion begins.

Ready to connect an idea inspired tonight to an assignment this semester?

The books below may be a doorway to interdisciplinary research or a minor to explore. This film draws on many ideas, from borders to brainwashing, from identity to espionage. History, literature, and sovereignty are additional options.

Which part of the film speaks most to you? Or does part of the film connect with another class topic? Let’s start a conversation in the comments.

DVD (if you don’t have a DVD player, there’s a viewing room in the library)
The Manchurian Candidate
DVDSH 1221

Book jacket, Chinese uniformed officer seated with stickEbook
Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy : The Story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the Cross-Dressing Spy Who Commanded Her Own Army
Birnbaum, Phyllis, author • 2015
Columbia University Press


Book jacket, back of Buddhist statueEbook
Art and Sovereignty in Global Politics
Howland, Douglas • 2016




Book jacket, map of ChinaEbook
Entangled histories : the transcultural past of Northeast China
Dan Ben-Canaan • 2014
Springer Science & Business Media


Book jacket, dancing scene from musical BrigadoonBook
The eyes have it : cinema and the reality effect
Pomerance, Murray, 1946- • 2013
Rutgers University Press
PN1995.9.R3 P66 2013


Book jacket, orange and pink spiralEbook
Brainwashing: the fictions of mind control: a study of novels and films since World War II
Seed, David • 2004
Kent State University Press


Book jacket, orchid, teapot, and photo over book pagesEbook
Romancing the East : a literary odyssey from the Heart of darkness to the River Kwai
Hopkins, Jerry, author • 2013
Tuttle Publishing



book jacket, ornamental Chinese gate photo on red backgroundEbook
Remote Homeland, Recovered Borderland: Manchus, Manchoukuo, and Manchuria, 1907-1985.
Shao, Dan.
Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011



Book jacket, unadorned titleEbook
Here in “China” I dwell : reconstructing historical discourses of China for our time
Ge, Zhaoguang, 1950- author • 2017


book jacket, four men circa 1940s, two in uniformsEbook
War and geopolitics in interwar Manchuria : Zhang Zuolin and the Fengtian clique during the Northern Expedition
Kwong, Chi Man, author • 2017
Studies on Modern East Asian History