ARTH 234
Arts of Tibet -- Sacred Abode of the Himalayas Spring 2024
Division I
Cross-listed ASIA 234
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This course surveys the art and culture of Tibet from the time of the introduction of Buddhism in the seventh century to the modern period. Traditionally understood as the divine abode of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all buddha in Buddhist cosmology, Tibet was also fantasized as the immortal realm of “Shangri-la” by western interpreters. In this course, we will begin by examining the imagination and representation of Tibet and its culture in modern western discourses, and then shift the focus to the development of artistic forms of Tibet in the context of Tibet’s history and religious movements, from ancient times to the present.
The Class: Format: lecture; A viewing session at museums, possibly at the Williams College Museum of Art, the MFA Boston, or the MET, pending planning and approval.
Limit: 25
Expected: 15
Class#: 3448
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In addition to attendance and participation, students will be graded on two ungraded quizzes, one movie response (1-2 pages, double-spaced), one midterm, and one final project (curating a mock exhibition or a 10-page double-spaced research paper along with a prospectus and a presentation).
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Majors and concentrations are prioritized if the course overenrolls.
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 234 Division I ASIA 234 Division I
Attributes: ARTH pre-1800

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