Fine Arts | CANCELLED - Replaced by FINA A360
A662 | 2077 | Nelson


Pictures and Texts - Problems in Chinese Painting

The Classic of Filial Piety (Xiaojing), the Songs of the South (Chuci),
Cao Zhi's "Nymph of the Luo River" (Luoshen fu), Tao Qian's "Returning
Home" (Guiqulai xi ci) and "Peach Blossom Spring" (Taohua yuan), Su Shi's
"Ode on the Red Cliff" (Chibi fu)these are among the classic texts of
Chinese prose and poetry that have been repeatedly illustrated in
painting. How illustrators have negotiated with texts such as these, with
the corpus of literary criticism that surrounds them, and with existing
traditions of narrative and pictorial representation is the subject of
this course.
	A662 is both a reading course and a research seminar. During the
first part of the semester we will read a selection of recent Western
scholarship on the material. These readings provide an historical
introduction to major issues and examples; they also offer opportunities
to discuss research methodologies, critical approaches, and modes of
scholarly discourse. The readings will taper off around mid-semester as
members of the class concentrate on individual research projects; these
will be presented orally at the end of the semester and also handed in.
Previous course work in Chinese art is not a necessity; however, students
with Chinese language ability will be expected to use it in their
research.
	The seminar has been scheduled for Tuesdays from 1:00 to 3:00, but
may be rescheduled to suit everyone's needs.