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ARTHIST 283: Chinese Buddhist Painting: Visions and Practices (ARTHIST 483)

This course explores how Chinese Buddhist art adapts to changes in the religious visions, imagination, and practices of Buddhism in China. It focuses primarily on Buddhist paintings but will occasionally include other types of artistic devices, such as space for display, architectural design, and sculpture, to reach a better understanding of the viewing and the religious experiences. Striving beyond the discussion of style and iconography, we will broaden our pursuits by incorporating various issues such as the domestication of a foreign religion, the relationship between Buddhist literature and images, fusion with popular literature, social connections among eminent monks, scholars and artists, and political use of Buddhist images.
Last offered: Spring 2019

CHINA 283: China's Dynastic Founders (CHINA 183A)

This course examines the lives of China's dynastic founders, among whom we find the most influential, the most celebrated, the most complicated, and the most controversial rulers in premodern Chinese history. We seek to understand the ideas of leadership and legitimacy, the relationships among statecraft, military might, and moral virtue, and the importance of precedents and exemplars in traditional Chinese political culture. Primary readings are the biographies of the dynastic founders in the official histories, supplemented by the representations of these rulers in other genres of writings.
Last offered: Winter 2020
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