College Of Arts and Sciences | Images: Japan
E103 | 0054 | 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 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. Required text
books include Paul H. Varley's Japanese Culture: A Short History,
Nelly Delay's The Art and Culture of Japan, Tezuka Osamu's manga
novel, Adolf: An Exile in Japan, Murakami Haruki's novel, A Wild
Sheep Chase,  and a packet of selections from essays and short
stories as well as other helpful materials. There will be three essay
quizzes in addition to midterm and final examinations.