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ARTH 4315 The Material Culture of Private Life in China (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This research seminar employs close readings of primary objects, images, and texts as windows into the lives and minds of people living in Ming-Qing China (c. 1400-1900). We will focus on the Chinese house, as well as its gardens and furnishings, seeking to uncover the complex meanings embedded within them. Themes to be explored include the family, gender, love, death, cultural consumption, artistic practice, and aesthetic theory. Throughout the semester we will take trips to local museums, including to Yin Yu Tang, a two-hundred-year-old Chinese house at the Peabody Essex Museum. Students in this course will also take part in the planning of an upcoming exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art on domestic objects from the Ming and Qing periods.


Instructor(s): Auriela Campbell

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 02-Nov-15