ARTH 579
Art and the Body in Ancient China Fall 2024
Division I

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What is the relationship between art and the body? In what ways can art be more than representation of the body, and body the subject and the beholder? What effects, if any, can art have on the body? While these questions pertain to art across different cultures and eras, ancient Chinese artworks offer a distinct and yet substantially untapped vantage point for contemplating the art-body relationship. Examining a wide range of materials, ranging from exquisite artifacts unearthed from tombs and Buddhist temples to the earliest examples of painting and calligraphy, in relation to the political, cosmological, and religious conceptualizations of the body in ancient China, this graduate seminar considers the capacities and limitations of how art engages with the body, particularly in ways beyond representation and looking.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 12
Class#: 1674
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Attendance and active participation in discussions (30%); two research presentations (20-30 minutes each) per student per semester (30%); a research paper (15-20 pages) accompanied by a presentation (40%).
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Graduate students in history of art and undergraduate art history majors.
Distributions: Division I
Attributes: ARTH pre-1800

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