College Of Arts And Sciences | Images: Japan
E103 | 0058 | Jones, S


From ancient picture scrolls to current films, manga comics, and
industrial and fashion designs, the Japanese are recognized for their
skill in visual arts. More importantly, the entire history of Japan's
culture is characterized by an extraordinarily strong tendency toward
conveying ideas and stories in pictures and performances rather than
in words. The course will introduce students to Japanese culture
through the images it has created, train them in close "picture
reading," and help them think about interactions between American and
Japanese cultures in images they have created of each other. Basic
materials include classical paintings, calligraphy, and theatrical
spectacles as well as current films, manga, animated videos, TV
programs and advertisements. Students are required to
attend two film showings in the evening besides the lecture and
discussion sessions. There will be two quizzes in addition to a
midterm and a final examination.