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Postgraduate Course: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: The Elite World of China (HIAR11055)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory of Art Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis is a course on Chinese painting and calligraphy from the imperial age (8th century) to the early twentieth-century. Students will conduct research on visual material and on related arguments. Focusing on both object and the textual source for Chinese art theories, this course will introduce the painter&ęs practice and the ideology behind the classical work. This course aims to introduce students the method of reading classical Chinese, ways of appreciating objects, interpretation of documents and esthetical trends, location of sources, and other fundamental tools necessary for conducting a further research in Chinese art. Museum visits and handling sessions will be organised. No previous knowledge of Chinese language and culture is required.

Description

The course will introduce the visual examples in chronological order, from the ideology of the three perfections: painting, calligraphy and poetry, system of writing, connoisseurship, the Antiquarian Studies, to modern Chinese painting debates. Course participant would study in depth the selected groups of calligraphers and painters from the early Imperial China (8th century) to the Republican Era (20th century). In addition to stylistic analysis on painting and calligraphy, the discussion will include ancient aesthetics and theories, script styles, and the art of seal carving.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class Week 1, Thursday, 14:00 - 15:50, Zone: Central. Geddes Room, Minto Room, Chambers St.
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students have gained advanced knowledge and understanding of the themes, issues and debates of Chinese art relating to: social contexts; processes of representation; and ways in which meaning is constituted, through in depth examples.

Students are able to compare and evaluate different approaches to understanding art traditions in China.

Students are able to assess critically the materials and themes explored in the course through the use of particular examples from China.

Students have gained knowledge and understanding of the range of skills used in art history and to have developed independent study and research and presentation skills.

Students are able to provide a basis for further study at a PG research level for advanced students.
Assessment Information
4,000 word essay
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1.Sinology or Art History? (Chinese script and pictorial systems).
2.Didactic Teaching and Politics in Painting (Early figure painting).
3.Connoisseurship and Authenticity (Tang and Five Dynasties painting).
4.Chan Buddhism and Ink Play (Five Dynasty to Northern Song painting).
5. Monumentality and Landscape Painting (Northern Song painting).
6.Three Perfections (Southern Song).
7.Elite Writing and Lost Identity (Yuan).
8.Mountains into Gardens (Ming painting).
9.Orthodox School to the Eccentrics (Qing painting).
10.Nationalism and New Urban Painting (19th century painting).
11.From Social Realism to Lyrical Abstract (20th century painting).
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Chia-Ling Yang
Tel: (0131 6)51 1370
Email: c.yang@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Christopher Miller
Tel: 0131 221 6150
Email: c.miller@ed.ac.uk
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