Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Farmer, J Michael
Discipline and Number
AHST 4342 Section 001
MW Time 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Course Title
Arts of China

Description of Course:

This course is an introduction to the various forms of artistic expression in China, from the Neolithic era to the 20th century. The media that will be discussed in the course include jade-carving, metalwork, sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, printmaking, and architecture. We will also read important Chinese texts on art and aesthetics (in English translation). The course lectures are organized chronologically, and equal attention will be given to technique, stylistic analysis, and interpretation in historical and cultural context.

Required Texts:


Sullivan, Michael. Arts of China. 5th ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. [ISBN: 9780520255692].

Ebrey, Patricia. Cambridge Illustrated History of China. 2nd ed, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN: 0521124336.

Plus additional readings via eLearning (or whatever it's called this semester).

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

In-Class exercises.
Three Quizzes

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