REL 252 Spring 2013 The Path to Enlightenment: Zen and Zen Art In China and Japan (W)

Cross Listed as ASST376, ARTH376
This CRASS undergraduate seminar emphasizes writing, critical reasoning, and analytical skills. It explores a variety of Zen art forms {painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, tea ceremony, and gardens} as expressions or visualizations of the ideals and doctrines of Zen Buddhism in the context of Chinese and Japanese cultures. Highlights include Zen's aesthetic principles as manifested in painting; dry gardens; the tea ceremony and its related art forms; iconographic development in Zen art; political functions of Zen in China and Japan's samurai culture; and feminine motifs of the Bodhidharma (founder of Zen Buddhism) symbology;and gender transformation of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm; oral presentations; short written assignments (2-3 pp); critiques &1oral presentation write-up (3-4 pp); 1 final paper oral presentation; final paper (10-15 pp); peer review essay (2-3 pp); contribution to discussions; attendance
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none, students who do not show up in the first class will not be admitted
Department Notes: does NOT satisfy the seminar requirement for the Art History major
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARTH; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ASST or REL
Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ARTH pre-1800 Courses,ARTH Middle East, Asia and Africa Courses,ASST Interdepartmental Electives, INST East Asian Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3367
REL252-01(S) SEM Zen Art in China and Japan (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Ju-Yu Scarlett Jang
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Lawrence 003 3367
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