Survey of Japanese Art
Anime and manga play a significant part in pop culture, appearing frequently in movies, television, books, and other forms. However, what preceded contemporary Japanese art? What can we learn about this small but influential country’s history and culture by studying Japanese art of the past? How can we apply that knowledge to the rest of the world?
Offered for the first time during Summer Session, Survey of Japanese Art will seek to answer these questions. Students will examine Japanese art forms, ranging from the prehistoric to early modern period. By the end of the course, students will appreciate and recognize Japanese art within a larger context, and possess the knowledge and skills to research it further.
Virginia Bower will teach this in-person, 3-credit art history course. Professor Bower is a long-time instructor at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, whose interest is the interaction of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art and culture. She frequently travels to East Asia as a lecturer for Smithsonian Journeys.
“I love teaching Rutgers Summer Session courses—the students are always so enthusiastic!” says Bower. “In my experience, everyone ends up liking—if not loving—Japanese art and culture. A few students have even found their way to Japan and sent me postcards of the very places we spent so much time studying”.
The course, which is open to anyone, counts toward the major or minor in Art History, the East Asian Languages and Area Studies major, and the Asian Studies minor.
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