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Arts and material culture of Japan



This course explores Japan’s arts and cultures from the tenth century BCE through the twenty-first century with focus on the relation of art to its historical contexts. Through a variety of representative examples – ceramics, architecture, painting, sculpture, prints, crafts, installation, performance, video art, manga, anime etc. – it examines changing concepts of the function, meaning, style, subject matter, medium, artist, “art” and “Japan” itself.


Mevr. Dr. E. Machotka. ### Readings

students are expected to have access/buy two books:

  1. Sadao Tsuneko S., Stephanie Wada. Discovering the Arts of Japan: a Historical Overview. Tokyo : Kodansha International, 2003.

  2. Varley Paul. Japanese Culture. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2000.