College Of Arts And Sciences | Images: Japan
E103 | 0086 | 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 Japanís
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 Japan and
western, particularly American, culture 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. Required text books include Paul H.
Varley's Japanese Culture: A Short History, Nelly Delay's The Art and
Culture of Japan, a few classical and modern novels, and a few manga
comics, in addition to selected short stories, plays, and essays in a
packet. There will be two quizzes in addition to a midterm and a
final examinations.