ASIAN 243 - Introduction to South Asian Art
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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This lecture course will survey the arts of South Asia, from the earliest remains of Indus Valley civilization through the contemporary period. The course provides a general survey of South Asian art and architecture, with an introduction to broad historical themes and significant disciplinary methodologies. As a survey course, it serves as a general preparation both for ALC and for Film Studies, Art History, and Architecture. It also presents an introduction necessary for further study in South Asian visual culture and includes important theoretical perspectives such as post-colonial and Orientalist theory.

This course introduces students to the broad field of South Asian art and to central historiographic issues in the field. All students from the College are welcome, and the course is taught at a level that requires no prior experience in art history or South Asian studies. The course introduces basic skills and themes in the history of art and in Asian studies, and thus provides ideas that are of general educational value to those who do not intend to take additional courses in the area. The course does not have any prerequisites.

We will focus on the following themes: 1) art as a visual language, formulated to express complex stories or abstract ideas; 2) the relationship between art and devotion in India; 3) processes of cultural synthesis and assimilation; 4) the relationship between "high art (produced for an elite or urban strata of society) and "low" art (or folk art, produced in a more rural setting); and 5) the attitudes and agendas that have contributed to past interpretations of Indian art.

Intended audience: Undergraduates with an interest in Asian art, architecture, and South Asian history.

Course Requirements: 2 exams (midterm and final); 2 short written responses (2 pages) and 2 papers (5-7 pages).

Class Format: 3 hours weekly in lecture format.

ASIAN 243 - Introduction to South Asian Art
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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