ARTH 571 Spring 2015 Traditional Chinese Aesthetics

Cross Listed as COMP471, CHIN471
This seminar examines the development of a range of aesthetic theories and ideas developed in China from approximately 600 BCE through 1300 CE. Focusing on primary texts (in translation) dealing with such cultural practices as poetry, painting, calligraphy, music, and garden design, we will address a series of often interrelated issues: intentionality in artistic production, modes of learning and skill acquisition, the professional versus the amateur, spontaneity versus meticulous craft, originality versus imitation, the relationship between artistic production and morality, and the relationship between artistic production and the natural world. While much of our work will be on theoretical and critical texts, we will also compare the notions put forth in these approaches to specific artistic products. All readings will be in English translation but the original Chinese texts will be made available to those who can read them. No previous knowledge of Chinese history, language, or literature is assumed.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, brief presentations of readings, a research paper of 15-20 pages
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Chinese majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
Other Attributes: ARTH Middle East, Asia and Africa Courses
Enrollment Limit: 14
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Class Number: 3059
ARTH 571 - 01 (S) SEM Traditional Chinese Aesthetics Division 1: Languages and the Arts Christopher M. B. Nugent
W 1:30 PM-4:10 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 3059
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