Object and Text in Premodern Japan

This seminar examines the dynamic interrelationship between objects and texts in premodern Japan, from the seventh through the seventeenth centuries. The series of meetings will introduce topics in a sequence that exemplifies the gradual layering of meaning and complication that comes from a culture with a strong classical awareness. We will examine a set of core themes in Japanese culture, such as love, death, nature, and enlightenment, as expressed in a range of mediums, including painting, gardens, lacquer, and ceramics, Chinese and Japanese poetry, imperial court and warrior narratives, and Noh dramas.

Course Number: 
012223
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Catalog Number: 
426
Catalog Number: 
426