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Fall 2017-2018
* ART 356 / EAS 367 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Landscape and the Visual Arts in China (Tenth Century to the Twentieth Century)

Cheng-hua Wang

This course focuses on the genre of landscape in Chinese painting, prints, and photography from the tenth century to modern times. Landscape was the most revered genre of painting in pre-modern China; it has shaped most of the discourses on art in later Chinese history and still features prominently in contemporary artistic creation and theory. This course examines the issues associated with landscape art, including the tradition and global relevance of ink landscape painting, the relationship of painting with prints and photography, travel and mapping as landscape themes, and the associations among landscape, place, and territory.

Sample reading list:
Richard M. Barnhart, et al., Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting
Jeffrey W. Cody and Frances Terpak, eds., Brush and Shutter: Early Photography in China
Craig Clunas, Elegant Debts: The Social Art of Wen Zhengming
Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai, eds., The Artful Recluse
Jonathan Hay, Shitao: Painting and Modernity in Early Qing China
Aida Yuen Wong, Parting the Mist: Discovering Japan and the Rise of National

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will consist of book chapters and articles between 50 to 100 pages per week. Writing assignments include two papers each of 5 to 7 and 12 to 15 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
For department majors, this course satisfies the group 1, 2 or 3 distribution requirement, depending on paper topic.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22230 C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   McCormick Hall   261   Enrolled:4 Limit:20