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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 Valerie M

Nov 28, 2020

Japanese Culture is so interesting. Who knew...

By Luiza R V d C

Feb 15, 2019

Incrível, me ajudou muito com a minha pesquisa!


Jul 8, 2020

Informative and Knowledgeable course.


By Alena R

Nov 2, 2018

Thank you! Brilliant course, very inspiring.


Jul 1, 2020

Excelente Curso, muy completo e inspirador.

By Janelle H

Sep 2, 2020

Very interesting and enjoyable. Thank you.

By Desmond Y

Jan 4, 2018

Comprehensive and precise in the teaching.

By K. L

Aug 23, 2020

Very interesting course. I learned a lot.

By Barbara K

Sep 21, 2018

charming course, beautifully presented

By Saravanakumar S

Dec 29, 2020

Excellent course, interesting topics.

By Clarisa L

Apr 22, 2020

very good explanation and sources!

By Monika

Apr 18, 2020

Incredibly beautiful


By Paloma C I

Dec 8, 2020

Muy interesante y didáctico

By Juan M C M

Apr 23, 2020

Ha sido de gran ayuda!!

By Lisheng H

Dec 9, 2017

Unique scope of history

By Vy N

Mar 16, 2019

I love this course!!!

By jordi o j

Dec 7, 2017

so interesting info!

By Douglas Q

May 18, 2020

Very Interesting!

By Sebastian G

Dec 1, 2017

Excellent Course!

By Kleber L d S

Oct 24, 2019

Muito bom.

By Pratap C J

Nov 30, 2020

Loved it

By Gabriela A C

Dec 29, 2017


By Lee Y S J

Dec 3, 2017

I found the course content very interesting and the delivery generally very easy to understand. The professor also showed his wealth of knowledge in the subject matter through his lectures. If there is one thing which I was unhappy about, it has to be the subtitles for the lectures which were riddled with mistakes and the Japanese terms had a fair number of spelling mistakes. If this can be improved, it will help the students learn better. On a related note, it would be good to have the Japanese names of the individuals featured in the course as I find that there are limited resources in English if I want to do further reading on these people and would need their names in Japanese script to find resources in Japanese.

By Ebru O

Jan 4, 2018

The course presents an interesting point of view that combines literature and visual materials (ukiyo-e, illustrations and photographs) in Japanese culture. There are many specific examples that we study and make the concept easier to understand.

By Sumyi L

Apr 19, 2020

Nice learning pace and interesting pick of works of art. It will be great if it can come with a suggested reading list.