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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 Aleksandr Z

Aug 29, 2019

Engaging lecturer. Unique and interesting content.

By Syn-Ti L

Jan 6, 2018

Great introduction to Japanese art and literature!

By Darina G T

Feb 21, 2021

Es un curso que tiene varios momentos muy bellos.

By Viktoria V

Dec 6, 2020

Very interesting course and lecturer. Thank you!

By Valerie M

Nov 28, 2020

Japanese Culture is so interesting. Who knew...

By Dwight T

Jan 28, 2022

examples. Many thanks for a fine presentation.

By Luiza V

Feb 15, 2019

Incrível, me ajudou muito com a minha pesquisa!


Jul 8, 2020

Informative and Knowledgeable course.


By Alvaro Z

Sep 7, 2023

great class structure and class presentations

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 Elodie M

Mar 4, 2024

Very interesting entry point into the era

By K. L

Aug 23, 2020

Very interesting course. I learned a lot.

By Giel B

Aug 7, 2023

great course, with an inspiring lecturer

By Barbara K

Sep 21, 2018

charming course, beautifully presented

By Aleksandra B

Jun 19, 2021

This is a great course! Thanks a lot!

By Saravana K

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 Nicolas G

Aug 23, 2021

Excellent and informative.

By Paloma C I

Dec 8, 2020

Muy interesante y didáctico

By Yuda P A S

May 24, 2021

This course is very good

By Juan M C

Apr 23, 2020

Ha sido de gran ayuda!!