Independent Study in Asian Art: Reading and Translating Primary Sources in Japanese Art History
The main focus of the class will be on reading various primary source texts related to visual arts in premodern Japan. We will spend most of our time interpreting selected passages and then connecting them to extant visual materials. No prior knowledge of premodern Japanese languages is required, but some reading knowledge of modern Japanese is essential. We will introduce many tools and reference works for interpreting premodern texts. Most classes will be workshops discussing such resources and critiquing each other's' translations. Before the class begins, all students should have some familiarity with the basics of kanbun laid out in Komai & Rohlich (see course website) or other similar textbooks. The final paper project will be an annotated translation of a primary text of the student's choosing.
Estimated Cost of Materials: $0-$50.
Textbooks/Other Materials: There is no required textbook for this class.
Course Requirements: The grading will be primarily based on weekly translation work and an extended annotated translation at the end of the term.
Intended Audience: Graduate students or advanced undergraduates with interest in Japanese art history and some knowledge of modern Japanese.
Format: Weekly 3-hour seminar meetings
Pre-requisites: Japanese language ability (at least 3rd year completed).