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Fall 2017-2018
* ART 217 / EAS 217 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

The Arts of Japan

Andrew M. Watsky

ART 217 surveys the arts of Japan from the pre-historic period through the present day. Painting, sculpture, and architecture form the core of study, though we will also examine the critical role of other forms, including calligraphy, lacquer, and ceramics. Throughout the course we will take close account of the broader cultural and historical contexts in which art was made. Our topics include the ongoing tension in Japanese art between the foreign and the indigenous, the role of ritual in Japan's visual arts, the re-uses of the past, the changing loci of patronage, and the formats and materials of Japanese art.

Sample reading list:
Mason, Penelope, History of Japanese Art
Pearson, Richard, Ancient Japan
Yiengpruksawan, Mimi, The Phoenix Hall at Uji and the Symmetries of Replication
Shimizu, Yoshiaki, Zen Art?
Saikaku, Ihara, The Life of an Amorous Man
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be a mid-term and a final exam, and two papers.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
For department majors, satisfies Group 1 or 2 distribution requirement.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21325 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M W   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:19 Limit:45 Closed
21327 P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:11 Limit:12 Closed
21326 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McCormick Hall   361   Enrolled:8 Limit:12 Closed