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Visual and Literary Culture in Nineteenth Century Japan

In their ambition to capture “real life,” Japanese painters, poets, novelists and photographers of the nineteenth century collaborated in ways seldom explored by their European contemporaries. This course offers learners the chance to encounter and appreciate behavior, moral standards and some of the material conditions surrounding Japanese artists in the nineteenth century, in order to renew our assumptions about what artistic “realism” is and what it meant. Learners will walk away with a clear understanding of how society and the individual were conceived of and represented in early modern Japan. Unlike contemporary western art forms, which acknowledge their common debt as “sister arts” but remain divided by genre and discourse, Japanese visual and literary culture tended to combine, producing literary texts inspired by visual images, and visual images which would then be inscribed with poems and prose. Noticing and being able to interpret this indivisibility of visual/literary cultures is essential in understanding the social and psychological values embedded within the beauty of Japanese art.

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Rating 4.7 based on 60 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Tokyo via Coursera
Instructor Robert Campbell
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Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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very interesting in 10 reviews

Very interesting material; but the course was too short.

The content was very interesting and taught me a new way to appreciate and learn from different pieces of art.

Since I like Japanese Literature a lot, I found this course very interesting.

I found the course content very interesting and the delivery generally very easy to understand.

Thoroughly enjoyed this very interesting course.

I would like to thank prof. Campbell and his staff for this wonderful and very very interesting course!

It was very interesting.In a different way from high school literature classes, the lecture given a wealth of materials was exciting for me.

Very interesting course!

so much in 5 reviews

I enjoyed it so much, I finished the entire course in 1 day!

I have learnt so much!

Thanks so much!

Thank you so much for this course!

art and literature in 4 reviews

I started out without knowing anything about Japanese Art and Literature in the 19th century and finished the course understanding quite a lot.

Highly recommanded for Great introduction to Japanese art and literature!

I wish I could learn more about Japanese art and literature.

I found this course really interesting, but way too easy for people who appreciate, know and study Japanese history, art and literature.

robert campbell in 4 reviews

I loved this course - Robert Campbell is expert at conveying not only the knowledge of the material but also his passion for it.

Robert Campbell was remarkable-a terrific lecturer and generous in sharing so much of his private collection of images.

I'm a lot of fun of Sir Robert Campbell.

Robert Campbell is an engaging, thoughtful and deeply knowledgable lecturer who obviously takes pleasure from sharing his knowledge.

anyone interested in 4 reviews

Anyone interested in art/history/culture and how they intersect should definitely check this out!!

I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Japanese culture and art.

On top of that, I also would like to note a great attention to peculiar cultural elements, such as transformation of haiku or so-called pleasure districts, to name a few, which I find rather interesting.But beware, it's not a "monographic" type of work which will expose you to the complete set of all aspects of the knowledge, and neither this course will make you a specialist in this field, but nontheless it's a nice place to start if you have an interest in visual and/or literary culture of Japan in pre-modern and early modern times.All in all, I may fairly satisfied with this course and would recommend it to anyone interested in this subject.

I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Japan, its art history and culture, and its connection with the Western world.

professor campbell in 3 reviews

Excellent introduction, I enjoyed this course tremendously, very informative, learned a lot.Many thanks to Professor Campbell and his team!

Professor Campbell has made this complicated subject into a very understandable, easy-to-follow course.

Partly this is because Professor Campbell is the 'real thing' - an academic who invests himself in his interests.

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Rating 4.7 based on 60 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Apr 29 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From The University of Tokyo via Coursera
Instructor Robert Campbell
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Music And Art

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