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About the Course

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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Oct 8, 2020

Very interesting where I finished the whole course 2 weeks before the due date because I really enjoyed it. I have been a Japan fanatic since middle school so this course is really my cup of tea

Nov 30, 2020

It was really fun to learn about the history of such art pieces as well as the notable people behind its creation and influence. Mr. Campbell discussed everything clearly as expected.

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By Ozge C

Oct 15, 2017

It was a truly enlightening and highly enjoyable course with an amazing lecturer. My gratitude to all who was involved.

By Susan S

Aug 27, 2020

The course was fascinating and well presented. I look forward to other courses by Mr. Robert Campbell. Thank you.

By Javier A P

Jul 30, 2019

I really like Japan, and I wanted to learn a little more about its culture, so this course has served me a lot.

By Fanny W G

Apr 9, 2019

I love this course. Amazing content provided in very easy to understand lessons! I enjoyed every minute of it!!

By Vira T

May 10, 2018

Gives a deep and detailed image of the period. Helped a lot in my understanding writers of 19th cent in Japan.

By Eniko M

Nov 11, 2020

It was a very interesting course on japanese culture - could proceed were quickly and finish it in 2 weeks.

By Priscilla N

Nov 29, 2020

I really enjoyed listening to the lectures. The examples shown were uniformly interesting and beautiful.

By Kam L

Nov 26, 2020

Excellent review of how words and pictures are integral to 19th century literary culture in Japan.

By Katrin W

Nov 22, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course, while at the same time learning a lot about the subject.

By Steven T W

Mar 16, 2021

Great course with very interesting insight into art and literature in nineteenth century Japan.

By Giuliano B

Jan 16, 2021

This is a fascinating cultural course that I have learned a lot. I am very grateful. Thank you

By Shohei W

May 18, 2020

Very good overview of relationship between Japanese photography and illustrations and texts

By Aurea L R

Feb 10, 2019

It has been very interesting. I've learned a lot about a topic that I do not know


By Ricardo M

Oct 30, 2017

A great course with plenty of interesting data and delivered by a master in the subject.

By yui k

Jun 12, 2020

Watanabe Kazan's insights gave me something for current Black Lives Matter movements.

By Sandra R d C

Jun 25, 2020

The content is very interesting and well explained and many beautiful images, too.

By Janna T K

Feb 26, 2018

An excellent course worth of seeing for anyone who is interested in oriental art.

By Daniel Y

Nov 19, 2020

Fascinating, well edited, served in easy to digest bits, and very communicative.

By Mauricio U C

Jan 16, 2021

Very enjoyable and full of interesting information. Allowed me to learn a lot.

By Tala B

Feb 7, 2018

An amazing and interesting demonstrations from Japanese visual art and culture

By Hayley H

Nov 18, 2017

Love the professor! He explains literature and arts so clearly and elegantly.

By Мальчикова С П

Oct 31, 2018

Thank you so much for this course! I had a great pleasure when I passed it.

By Brian C S

Dec 6, 2017

Recommended for those interested in studying 19th century Japanese history

By spyridon c

Apr 20, 2019

great lecture. I have learn so many for Japanese culture and history.


By Karolina U

Oct 25, 2020

Very useful and interesting for me as a East Asian culture specialist :)