ASST 273
The Arts of the Book in Asia Spring 2019 Division I; Cross-listed as ASST273 / ARTH273

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From palm leaf manuscripts to scrolls to Islamic codices, books have long served as vehicles of religious, cultural and artistic exchange in Asia. Owing both to their portability and status as finely crafted art objects, books have transmitted ideas across the continent, spreading courtly styles of painting from China to India, esoteric Buddhist teachings from Kashmir to Tibet and Mongolia, as well as the Quranic arts of calligraphy and illumination from Islamic South Asia to Southeast Asia. This course will survey the interwoven history of book arts as it developed and disseminated across different regions of Asia. The course will also introduce students to the major art forms of the book, such as painting, calligraphy and illumination. The aim of the survey is to understand the book as object while also investigating its content and its larger cultural significance. A number of class meetings will take place in the Williams College Museum of Art where students will have the opportunity to study original artworks from the collection.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 4003
Requirements/Evaluation: 2 quizzes, 2 short response papers, a final project/paper based on museum objects, 1-hour in-class final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: preference will be given to Art Majors, and then to students of any major interested in art and culture of Asia
Distributions: Division I;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ASST

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