Arts of Asia: Antiquity to 1300
Monday & Wednesday 8:30-9:50 am
Instructor: Sunkyung Kim, Ph. D.
Email: [email protected]
Office: VKC 351
Office Hours: by appointment (W 10:00-10:30 am)
T.A.: Samantha Burton, Ph. D. [email protected]
This course is an introduction to the arts of Asia, focusing on India, China, Korea and
Japan. The course covers from the Neolithic period to 1300 C.E. and the lectures are
divided into three units: 1) Art in the Tomb; 2) Art in the Temple; and 3) Art at Court and
in the Life of the Elite. Lectures within each unit are organized chronologically with
minor modifications of geographic considerations.
The main objective of this class is to instruct students in the basic vocabulary of
Asian art, as well as to encourage them to observe visual objects more deeply, to think
more critically, and to write more effectively.
Students are required to complete weekly readings and to participate actively in
section discussions. In addition, two mid-terms and one final exam in class will be given.
Assigned Readings (available online)
RECOMMENDED TEXTS (on reserve in the Leavey Library)
Barnes, Gina Lee. China, Korea, and Japan: the Rise of Civilization in East Asia
(London: Thames & Hudson, 1993).
Barnes, Gina Lee. Archaeology of East Asia : the rise of civilization in China, Korea and
Japan (Oxbow Books, 2015).
Chung Yang-mo et al. Arts of Korea (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998).
Clunas, Craig. Art in China (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1997).1Huntington, Susan L. The Art of Ancient India (New York: Weather Hill, 1985).
Ledderose, Lothar. Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000).
Lee, Sherman E. A History of Far Eastern Art. Fifth edition (New York: Prentice Hall
and Harry N. Abrams, 1994).
Mason, Penelope. History of Japanese Art (New York: Prentice…