East, Meet West: Asia Encounters Europe


This seminar grounded in cross-cultural aesthetics examines East Asian visual responses to European art and science from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries. First introduced by Jesuit missionaries, continued by merchants, and culminating with colonial enterprises, the same Western ideas and works left very different impressions on China and Japan. An introduction to cross-cultural aesthetics from both Western and East Asian perspectives lays the theoretical foundation to engage these works of art, before proceeding thematically through time to cover painting, cartography, woodblock prints, ceramics, and photography within transregional and transcultural contexts. Prerequisite: One upper-level course in Art History recommended but not required.
Course Attributes: FA AH; EN H; AS HUM; GF AH; FA HUM; AR HUM; AH NW