ARTH 136. Word and Image in Japanese Art

This seminar explores the dialogue between text and image as manifested in visual representations of courtly culture in Japan from the 10th to the 18th century. Through select works of courtly narrative and poetry, such as the 11th-century classic The Tale of Genji, we will examine the complex and nuanced interactions of text, image, calligraphy, object, function, patronage, production, and consumption as shaped by the materiality of a range of media including handscrolls, folding screens, poem sheets, illustrated and printed books, lacquerware, and fans.
Prerequisite: two courses in art history or permission of instructor.
2 credits.
Eligible for ASIA
Catalog chapter: Art and Art History  
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