Unearthing Early China: Art and Archaeology|
Spring 2020 not offered
This course introduces early China by examining major archaeological discoveries from prehistory through the second century CE. We will analyze the formal and material features of early Chinese artifacts from important archaeological excavations at sites such as Liangzhu, Anyang, Zhouyuan, and Mancheng. We will discuss the ways in which these artifacts and archaeological sites demonstrate early Chinese cosmological beliefs and ritual practices, especially notions related to heaven, afterlife, and the transition from ancestor worship to the pursuit of personal welfare in immortality. In addition, we will study the iconography and symbolism of objects found in these archaeological discoveries, which would serve as a foundation for the inception of visual arts in the later periods of Chinese history.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)
Chang, Kwang-chih et al, THE FORMATION OF CHINESE CIVILIZATION: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Poo, Mu-chou, IN SEARCH OF PERSONAL WELFARE: A VIEW OF ANCIENT CHINESE RELIGION
Shelach-Lavi, Gideon, THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF EARLY CHINA: FROM PREHISTORY TO THE HAN DYNASTY
Wu Hung, MONUMENTALITY IN EARLY CHINESE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
Yang, Xiaoneng, REFLECTIONS OF EARLY CHINA: DECOR, PICTOGRAPHS, AND PICTORIAL INSCRIPTIONS
Yang, Xiaoneng, ed., NEW PERSPECTIVES ON CHINA'S PAST: TWENTIETH-CENTURY CHINESE ARCHAEOLOGY
Selected additional readings (articles and excerpted chapters) available on the course Moodle.
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The requirements for this course include weekly readings and discussion, three essay exams, one short paper, one research proposal, one presentation, and one research paper.
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