ASIAN 465 - Sacred Image/Sacred Place in Japanese Art
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Some background knowledge in HISTART, JAPANESE, or RELIGION.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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This class surveys the religious arts of Japan from pre-history to the present day, with a special focus on different notions of the sacred images and places. It considers how sculpture, painting, and architecture, and topography work in concert to produce and condition particular experiences of the sacred. The class provides both an overview of the religious currents of Japan as seen through art as well as a thorough introduction to visual analysis of sacred art. Not only will we examine traditions such as kami worship (Shintô), Buddhism, and mountain cults, but we will also consider more general theories of sacred experience from other disciplines such as anthropology and religious studies. Each class will focus on a particular monument of Japanese art, which will serve as the basis for lively classroom discussion. Throughout the course, we will engage with questions concerning the status of the icon, the role of ritual, viewer reception, pilgrimage, the natural world, conceptions of the body, and issues of status, gender, social hierarchy, and in the production and dissemination of art. All are welcome to attend.

Intended audience:Primarily students in ALC who have already taken religion surveys or students in History of Art who have taken lower level surveys of Japanese art.

Course Requirements:100 pages of readings each week, with regular looking assignments online or at the museum; (depending on the size of the class) a mid-term paper and a in-class presentation followed by a final paper.

Class Format:3 hours/week in lecture format.

ASIAN 465 - Sacred Image/Sacred Place in Japanese Art
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001 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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