HISTART 292 - Introduction to Japanese Art and Culture
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in HISTART 495.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the history of Japanese visual culture, introducing the art of the archipelago from ancient times through the present day. Although primarily a chronological historical examination of key artistic monuments, the class will also discuss thematic issues such as the materiality of artworks, cultural exchange, the conceptions of nature and naturalness, and the relationships between artistic productions and religion, class, and society.

The course makes no claim to being comprehensive, and the goal of the lectures is only to introduce you to the range of artistic productions in Japan and the ways that visual art has interacted with the cultures that produced it. At the end of the semester, you should have a better understanding of many aspects of Japanese history, thought, religion, and visual culture; you should also have developed a heightened awareness of and sophistication about the visual world in general.

There is no required textbook for this class.

HISTART Distribution Requirements: Asia, Medieval, Early Modern

Course Requirements:

Apart from background reading and participation in class (20%), your coursework will include section attendance (10%), one quiz (10%), one short visual analysis (20%), a mid-term exam (20%), and a final exam (20%).

Intended Audience:

Students at all levels of any background are welcome to attend.

Class Format:

Two 80 minute lectures and one 50 minute section per week. Lecture meetings will generally be taken up with presentations and explanations of large numbers of images. Section meetings will discuss readings and focus on a few key images. Some class sessions will also involve group activities, museum visits, or other special work with the course material.


HISTART 292 - Introduction to Japanese Art and 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 11:00AM - 12:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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