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Cynthea J. Bogel
ART H 515
Seattle Campus

Seminar in Japanese Art

Critical appraisal of the principal research methods, theories, and types of literature dealing with the art of Japan.

Class description

Japanese Medieval Handscroll Painting: Ceremony, Food, and Display Culture Winter 2012, Seminar in Japanese Art History (ART H 515). This is a graduate seminar, but qualified undergraduates will also be considered for admission. Wednesday 2:30-5:20 This year's Japanese art history seminar features handscroll painting from ca. 1000-1600, enriched by the teaching of two professors from Japan and enhanced by a UW Humanities Center program featuring food and display culture in Seattle's Asian American "International District." The seminar will focus on Japanese medieval paintings that depict religious and secular ceremonies, Buddhist tales, ritual displays of ceremonial objects, and foods. We will investigate daily life in medieval Japan through these lively paintings. We will study famous works like the Tale of Genji and Mt. Shigi handscrolls, and lesser known works such as the Good and Evil Foods scroll. Two visiting professors from Japan, Dr. Satomi YAMAMOTO (Kyoritsu Women’s University)              and Dr. Akira TAKAGISHI (Tokyo Institute of Technology) will co-teach the seminar for four weeks each; both are experts in Japanese painting. Thus, the seminar is a remarkable opportunity to learn about Japanese painting, display culture, and medieval history from several experts in the field. Additionally, students can explore contemporary Seattle Asian American communities through the lens of contemporary display and food culture, with museum exhibition planning opportunities as well. See: http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/projects/public-humanities-scholarship/objects-displays-and-edible-arts School of Art graduate and Japanese culinary anthropology expert Julia Harrison will lend her expertise to our seminar with her new website SweetSeattle and explorations of Seattle’s ritual food culture. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/living/2003290959_japantown06.html The seminar will be conducted in both Japanese and English. Full translation will be offered (no language skills required). Graduate students majoring in non-Asian art history subjects are very welcome, as are students in Japanese or East Asian literature, history, culture, and anthropology. Qualified undergraduates will also be considered for admission. Please contact Professor Cynthea J. Bogel / cjbogel@uw.edu / for an add code (art history graduate students can register without an add code). Please let me know your background: preparation in graduate-level art history OR an appropriate amount of course work in Japanese culture and language is required.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Group discussion.

Recommended preparation

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Class assignments and grading

Weekly participation, short assignments, research paper or equivalent project.

Weekly participation, short assignments, research paper or equivalent project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Cynthea J. Bogel
Date: 11/14/2011