JAPN 270 Japanese Art and Culture (D)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as ARTH270
This course is a survey of traditional Japanese painting, sculpture, architecture, woodblock prints, and decorative arts. Special attention will be paid to the developments in artistic style and subject matter in the contexts of contemporary cultural phenomena. Through visual analysis students learn the aesthetic, religious, and political ideals and cultural meanings conveyed in the works of art. Course highlights include the transmission of Buddhism and its art to Japan; Zen Buddhism and its art (dry gardens; temples; and tea ceremony related art forms) in the context of samurai culture; the sex industry and kabuki theater, their art, and censorship; and the Western influences on Japanese art and culture and vice versa, (Japanese woodblock prints' impact on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, for example). As an EDI course, this course also helps acquire skills in cultural critique, especially when considering the interconnectedness between Japan and other cultures, both Eastern and Western, throughout its history.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: three 30- to 40-minute quizzes, two short papers, film screening, class attendance
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: ARTH pre-1400 Courses,ARTH pre-1800 Courses,ARTH Middle East, Asia and Africa Courses,ASST Interdepartmental Electives,INST East Asian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 35
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Class Number: 3329
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JAPN 270 LEC Japanese Art and Culture (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Ju-Yu Scarlett Jang
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