HISTART 392 - Anime to Zen: Japanese Art through Contemporary Popular Culture
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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What is the place of recent Japanese visual culture in the larger history of the Japanese art? Can it illuminate our understanding of earlier art and vice versa? This course examines examples of pre-modern and contemporary popular visual culture in order to illuminate fundamental themes common to many times and people throughout the Japan. The lectures do not present a survey of modern art, nor are they meant to be in any way comprehensive. Yet they will use a wide variety of films, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, comics, advertisements, web sites, and other new media as lenses through which we will focus our explorations of concepts about nature and place, personal and national identity, fantasy and virtual realities, humanity and its borders, beauty and ugliness, violence and war, the body, gender, sex, and consumption. We will also explore parallels between the United States and Japan in recent decades, considering the ways that visual cultures manifest and shape soft power in recent decades.

Textbooks/Other Materials: There is no required textbook for this class.

HISTART Category for Concentration Distributions:
C. Asia 2. Medieval, 4. Modern and Contemporary

Course Requirements:

Apart from background reading and participation in class (25%), your coursework will include one short visual analysis (20%), a mid-term exam (25%), and a final research project (30%).

Intended Audience:

undergraduates at any level with an interest in art, Japanese visual culture, or history.

The course assumes no previous exposure to the cultures or languages of Japan, and all students are welcome to attend.

Class Format:

Two 1.5-hour lectures and a one hour discussion section each week.


HISTART 392 - Anime to Zen: Japanese Art through Contemporary Popular Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
M 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
M 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 10:00AM - 11:00AM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 11:00AM - 12:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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