ART H 511
Critical appraisal of the principal research methods, theories, and types of literature dealing with the art of China.
This seminar will deal with the rise and fall of the Western Zhou empire (11th-9th centuries BC), focusing on the origins and development of some key institutions, including the doctrine of the Mandate of Heaven, rituals and ritual music, bureaucracy, and literacy education. The primary sources are archaeological reports, bronzes and their inscriptions, and a few transmitted texts.
Student learning goals
Understand what comparative studies mean to art historians.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Weekly reading and writing assignment, and a 10- to 15-page book review of a book in art history.
Writing assignment 60%; Class participation 30%; term paper 10%.