ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
Section: 001 Modern/Contemporary Japanese Architecture and Visual Culture
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course is a study of architecture and related visual cultures of modern and contemporary Japan, covering approximately one and a half centuries—from the latter half of the 19th century to the present. The objective of the course is not to examine architecture as a completed work of art. Rather, we will use architecture as a tool to explore a variety of approaches to the creation and interpretation of visual experience. Thus, the focus will be on the social, political, and economic contexts that affected its production, the contexts that influenced its reception, as well as the uses and abuses of architecture. While the course’s main focus is architecture, we will also examine related visual cultures including photography, film, fashion, and everyday objects. Throughout the semester, we will examine themes familiar to the study of architecture and visual culture such as representation, nationalism, modernism, monumentality, capitalism, technology, and sexual politics.

ASIAN 280 - Topics in Asian Studies
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: This class meets together with HISTORY 208 section 003
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