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History of Buddhist Art

HNRS 2021 Sec. 03 - Spring 2020

Associate Professor William Ma School of Art

Tu Th 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
135 French House

This course explores the artistic traditions associated with the Buddhist faith from its origin in India to a global religion. Spanning from the beginning of Buddhism until the present, the course will examine representations of Buddhism in a variety of media from Asia to the United States. With emphases on interaction, transformation, and mobility of the faith, the course is organized around specific themes such as humor, gender/sexuality, (post)colonialism, political instrumentation, race/ethnicity, museum/display, aniconism/iconoclasm, doctrine/practice, adaptation/appropriation, etc.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Arts