COMP 324
Japanese Art and Visual Culture: Private/Public/Pop
Last Offered Fall 2022
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ARTH 324 / ARTH 525 / ASIA 324
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This tutorial offers a survey of Japanese art and visual culture across time and media, with particular attention to two areas: the links between different artistic media, and the relationship between art and its audience. We’ll begin with early court diaries and related scroll paintings as examples of “private” art. Then we’ll move through progressively more public visual media of the 17th through 21st centuries: Kanô screen painting; nô, kabuki, and puppet theater; premodern architecture; popular woodblock prints; turn-of-the-century photography; and finally some examples of contemporary popular culture like comics, animation, and/or film. We will focus on the specificities of each medium while simultaneously developing formal visual reading skills that can work across different media.
The Class: Format: tutorial; Students will meet with the instructor in pairs or trios for 75 minutes each week. This tutorial is offered simultaneously at the 300 level for undergraduates and at the 500 level for graduate students: graduate students will be paired with other graduate students and undergraduates with undergraduates.
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1969
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: For undergraduates: weekly participation, 5 short written assignments in alternate weeks (ranging from 1 to 5 pages), and several 1-page peer critiques. For graduate students: weekly participation and 3-4 short written exercises that build toward a final 15-page research paper.
Prerequisites: No previous knowledge of Japanese art or culture is required. Students with similar preparation and interests will be paired with one another.
Enrollment Preferences: Graduate Art students, followed by undergraduates majoring in Art History or Comparative Literature.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTH 324 Division I ARTH 525 Division I ASIA 324 Division I COMP 324 Division I
WS Notes: Students will write several regularly spaced papers that build on one another by tackling similar problems from different angles. Students will receive detailed feedback from the instructor on each paper, addressing argument, organization, and style, as well as peer feedback. (See requirements for details about the number and type of assignments.)

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