How is court culture and court values reflected in the Tale of Genji illustrated text from the Heian period?

How is court culture and court values reflected in the Tale of Genji

How is court culture and court values reflected in the Tale of Genji illustrated text from the Heian period? While the Tale of Genji novel manifests select Heian principles the illustrated text reveals much about the ideals and mores of the period.

Art of Japan Midterm 1.

  • Midterm 1 is not timed: once you open the document you will have until Monday at 11:59 pm to write your essays and submit them under the appropriate topic.
    •         You must cite at least one scholarly source per answer. You may reference the required readings for our course or consult outside sources.
    •         Each answer must be 500-700 words and must be organized as an argumentative essay.
    •         ALL SOURCES CITED MUST BE SCHOLARLY SECONDARY OR PRIMARY SOURCES. Do not cite from museum websites casual websites or unverified internet sources.
    •         Visit the UCD library and search their academic databases if you seek a source beyond the assigned readings. (JStor is recommended.)
    •         All sources must be cite in Chicago Manual of Style format. (see Purdue Online Writing Lab or Son of Citation).
  • NO DIRECT QUOTATIONS.
  • PLAGIARISM WILL RESULT IN AN F.

Midterm 1: With each answer you must reference at least one academic source.

In each answer ensure that artworks themselves are your primary evidence to support your responses to the prompts.

  1. How is court culture and court values reflected in the Tale of Genji illustrated text from the Heian period? While the Tale of Genji novel manifests select Heian principles the illustrated text reveals much about the ideals and mores of the period. Please select at least one scene from the Heian illustration of this novel and conduct a visual analysis in which you demonstrate that cultural ideals of the Heian period are manifest in this illustrated text. Be sure to use vocabulary from the course.
  2. Using 3 artworks as evidence trace the history and evolution of the sects of Buddhism as they are adopt and absorb  into Japanese culture through the Heian period. Moreover be sure to address political implications (There are many ways to answer this question. Also be sure to construct your answer clearly and concisely and reference required readings.)
  3. In what way do we see Shinto values carry forward in time to the Nara period and how do we see them specifically manifest in architecture and visual culture that is oriented to Buddhist practice? Further be sure to be as specific clear and concise as possible.

 

5 points extra credit (300-500 words):

When we look at the visual culture of Japan from Neolithic to present day we notice great diversity in styles and underlying values and belief systems. Why is this? Further what marks the art of Japan as unique from many cultures in East Asia?

4.
Research and resources
Your discussion should use information from the course and also recommended sources to support your thesis statement. (Plagiarism will not be tolerate.)

You will need to do some background research to clearly fulfill the requirements of these essays.

Present your answers in typewritten error-free double-spaced 12 pt. Times New Roman font format. All pages should be number in the upper right corner and have standard margins on all sides.

When talking about your artwork italicize its title.  If the title is generic give the object’s location for clarification.  For example a work title Seated Buddha will be easier to identify if you refer to it as Seated Buddha at Sarnath.

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