HUMA E-160 Buddhism and Japanese Artistic Traditions
This course is designed to enable students to analyze a wide range of Japanese artistic creations—including the traditional Noh theater, modern Japanese paintings, and contemporary anime—by illustrating the influence of Buddhist philosophy both on their forms and in their depths. The first part of the course is a study of major Buddhist theories and their impact on Japanese literature. The second part observes Buddhist ritual practices and their significance for Japanese performing arts. The last part traces the development of Japanese Buddhist art, and considers the influence of Buddhism on diverse contemporary popular Japanese art media. (4 credits)
Spring term 2014 (23835)
Ryuichi Abe, PhD, Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Harvard University.