Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARTH 6852 - [Shadowplay: Asian Art and Performance]

(also ASIAN 6646 )
4 credits.

Next offered 2014-2015. Co-meets with ARTH 4852 /ASIAN 4442 /VISST 4852 .

K. McGowan.

Shadowplay is a superb medium for storytelling.  As with many performing arts in Asia, neither the highly stylized images of puppets, nor its musical, or linguistic complexity detract from its wide popularity.  Why does an art that appears so obscure exercise such broad appeal?  This seminar explores the playful and politically adept fluctuations of shadows across screens from India to Mainland and Island Southeast Asia.  We will also briefly examine East Asian developments, particularly in China and Japan.  In each of the countries where shadow theatre exists it has acquired its own repertory and a distinct technique and style of its own.  This aesthetic has translated locally into paint, sculpture, architecture, cinema, and modern and contemporary installation art.

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