ARTH 325
The Arts of the Book in Asia
Last Offered Spring 2023
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ASIA 325
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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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 co-taught seminar will highlight 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 seminar 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 Chapin Library, where students will have the opportunity to study original manuscripts from the Special Collections. The course will culminate in an exhibition at Chapin Library which the students will curate using the Special Collections holdings.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 12
Class#: 3543
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 3 essays, a final project/paper based on museum objects, wall label
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference will be given to Art and Asian Studies Majors, and then to students of any major interested in the art and culture of Asia
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 325 Division I ASIA 325 Division I
WS Notes: Over the course of the semester students will write three papers at five pages each, culminating in a well-developed, focused final project. Students will be given extensive feedback on each assignment regarding grammar, style, and argument. The final paper will be part of a larger project in which students will work together to curate a small exhibition using the Chapin Library's Asian holdings. Each student will be asked to write a wall label for their selected object.

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