Course Title:   01:082:483  From Text to Image in Japanese Art

Credit not given for both this course and 01:565:483.

Academic Credits:  3 credits

Mode of Instruction:  Seminar

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites: None

Core Curriculum: None

Course Description:

Explores the profound influence of classical literature on the arts of Japan, especially painting. Analysis of the historical and literary meaning of the literary works; investigation of the fusion of text and image.

This interdisciplinary course explores the profound influence of classical literature on the arts of Japan. During a thousand years, from the Heian to Tokugawa periods (794-1868), artists transformed into visual images both the emotions and the events described in the myths, legends, poetry, courtly novels, and war chronicles. Literary works were adapted to different formats—handscrolls, hanging scrolls, screens, and prints—as they became an integral, indivisible aspect of the arts that expressed the aesthetic of different social groups—aristocrats, shoguns, and urban bourgeoisie. We will read widely across many different genres of classical literature and their visual representations, and investigate how the fusion of text and image created unique masterpieces of Japanese art.

The course is constituted of three modules:
1. Spreading Faith: Miraculous Tales of Buddhist and Shinto Gods
2. Courtly Elegance: Literary Traditions from the Classical Age
3. Warrior Heroes: Tales of Battles and Demon-Quelling Adventures

Course Materials


Course Instructor

 Fall, 2022 Professor Haruko Wakabayashi (Dep't of Asian Language & Culture)

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