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This subject provides an introduction to Japanese art and cultural history through a survey of the Japanese woodblock print from its emergence in the mid-seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Visits to University’s Baillieu Library, the Ian Potter Museum, and the NGV and first-hand viewing will form a key part of the subject. Technical developments, major genres, and master designers are explored within the context of Japanese and East Asian pictorial traditions, the publishing industry, and urban culture. Topics for consideration include aesthetic discourse, consumerism, materiality of prints, censorship, erotica, the construction of class and social identities in relation to printed media.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to have:
• an understanding of Edo period and early twentieth-century Japan and the role, importance, and use of prints within that context;
• an understanding of the evolution as well as technical and stylistic achievements of the major practitioners of Japanese prints; and
• developed ability in visual analysis (articulating images) as well as writing, critical, and analytical skills appropriate to the study of Japanese prints and visual culture.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
• the ability to conceptualise theoretical problems, form judgements and arguments and communicate critically, creatively and theoretically;
• the ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically;
• the ability to manage and organise workloads; and
• acquire curatorial experience and qualifications; engage in group problem solving and working collaboratively.
Last updated: 2 December 2019