ASIAN 335 - Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration
Winter 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Undergraduate and graduate students seeking to enroll for this course should have completed at least one course on the arts/languages/religions of South/Central/East Asia.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

The Himalayas are the world’s longest and loftiest mountain range. This course will commence with a review of influential Indic and Western perceptions of the Himalayas. Thereafter, we will proceed to glean some of the many ways in which the shaping of objects and the crafting of identities are linked in this region today. Subsequently we shall embark on a series of armchair expeditions to recover interconnections between ‘art’ and ‘life’ in the Himalayas in centuries past. Traveling in arcs stretching from the Brahmaputra valley in the east up to the upper reaches of the Indus in the west and in along axes extending from the sub-montane Terai in the south to the frosty Tibetan plateau in the north, we will repeatedly cross China, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Resting at sites sought out by pilgrims, traders, and conquerors, we will query the distinctive forms, layouts, and functions of temples, monasteries, and gardens, and the medley of objects found in them including sculptures, manuscript paintings, and water fountains.

Intended Audience:

Graduate students and upper-level undergraduates from Asian Studies, History of Art, Anthropology, as well as graduate students from the Center for South Asian Studies and the Center for Chinese Studies.

Class Format:

Two 90-minute meetings weekly. Frequent visits to art museums and galleries in the Ann Arbor Area.

Schedule

ASIAN 335 - Himalayas: An Aesthetic Exploration
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
30787
Open
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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