ART H 511
Critical appraisal of the principal research methods, theories, and types of literature dealing with the art of China.
This seminar will use Chinese bronzes to illuminate the practice of art history.To explore concretely some key issues and methods, we will focus on a single case study, looking at the work of one of the best 20th century practitioners of art history and comparing it with that of a famous scholar from a neighboring discipline. Our case study is the prolonged controversy between Max Loehr (1903-1988) and Bernhard Karlgren (1889-1978) over the history of Chinese bronzes.
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%.