This seminar will involve comparative discussion of power structures in the form of political rule and religion, as conveyed by major forms of art and architecture across the major centers of Eurasia in the early modern period. Additional consideration to interactions across borders and oceans, whether in terms of trade or conflict. Final paper assignment will consist of a comparative study of any two (2) centers with regard to imagery and structures of both rulership and religion. Students will also have the option to create their own research paper assignments with consent of instructor.
Field WorkCountry: China
Date: January 31, 2018
Our visit to Suzhou will provide an on-site experience of the great East Asian tradition of garden design through several different gardens at this UNESCO World Heritage site. In the process, we will also consider the important of literati culture in elite Chinese heritage as well as links to imperial patronage and practices. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and layers for warmth.
1. Experience traditions of Chinese Gardens
2. Discuss Literati Traditions of Chinese culture
3. Consider Imperial and Elite values expressed through Chinese gardens (cf. Clunas readings)