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Spring 2013-2014
* COM 317 / ART 356 / EAS 317 (LA)   na, npdf

Gardens in China and Japan

Thomas W. Hare
Jerome Silbergeld


"Gardens in China and Japan," including a spring break class trip to Kyoto, studies gardens in a historical, religious, artistic, and literary framework so that students learn about their broad-ranging significance in traditional East Asia. In their underlying theory, siting, construction, and relations with architecture and agriculture, gardens offer rich areas for investigation and present insights about the view of nature, life of the imagination, articulation of religious and philosophical values, distribution of wealth, and human impact on the environment.

Sample reading list:
Wybe Kuitert, Themes in the History of Japanese Garden Art
David Slawson, Secret Teachings in the Art of Japanese Gardens
Gert van Tonder, et. al., Visual Structure of a Japanese Zen Garden. Nature
Jerome Silbergeld, Re-reading Zong Bing's 5th c. Essay on Landscape Painting
Maggie Keswick, The Chinese Garden
Alfreda Murck, Wen Fong, A Chinese Garden Court: The Astor Court at the MMA

Reading/Writing assignments:
75-100 pp / week reading, short written papers, final writing assignment

Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43454 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:11 Limit:12