ARTH 270 Spring 2013 Japanese Art and Culture

Cross Listed as JAPN270
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. This course offers students a solid grasp of the social, cultural, and art histories of Japan, and how Japan's foreign relations influenced the development of its artistic trends. Course highlights include the transmission of Buddhism and its art to Japan; the relationship between words and images; Zen Buddhism and its art (dry gardens; temples; and tea ceremony related art forms) in the samurai culture; the sex industry and kabuki theater, their art, and censorship; and the affinities between Japanese woodblock prints and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: three 30- to 40-minute quizzes, two short papers, film screening, class attendance
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Prerequisites: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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: 3358
ARTH270-01(S) LEC Japanese Art and Culture Division 1: Languages and the Arts Ju-Yu Scarlett Jang
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Lawrence 003 3358
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