IMAP Department of Philosophy

(Credit 2)
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Topics in Japanese Humanities IV
Topics in Japanese Humanities IV
Sub Title  Demons, Ghosts and Monsters in Japanese Art
メリーランド大学美術史学・考古学学部客員准教授(大学及び大学院担当)及フリーランス講師及コンサルタント 鈴木 由比
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2019 FallTerm
intensive
Ito Classroom
E科目 (English, English)
Course Overview Supernatural beings and people's fascinations for them exist in every culture. Yet every society imagines these creatures in different ways, revealing both universal and culturally specific concerns for making sense of mysterious, threatening, and inexplicable phenomena. Ghosts, demons and monsters are very much part of our popular imagination, religious rituals, public and private devotions, and entertainment. Thus, the study of ghosts and monsters can serve as useful analytical tools for understanding a wide range of cultural and social developments.

This course examines Japanese works of art through the lens of the supernatural (yokai, mononoke, bakemono, ayakashi, yurei, etc). The first part of the course addresses various theoretical and multidisciplinary approaches to the concept of the "monster" and theories on Japanese "yokai". The second part focuses on analyzing visual representations of the supernatural through specific artworks such as the "Kitano Tenjin Engi Emaki" and "Shutendoji Emaki." We will explore the cultural, political and social influences of the supernatural at different historical moments, considering them as mechanisms by which we might understand certain aspects of Japanese culture and society, as well as more universal ideas of selfhood and human nature.
Keywords : Monster Culture, Monster Theory, Yokai Culture
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Course Plan Textbooks : Foster, Michael Dylan. "The Book of Yokai: Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore" Oakland CA: University of California Press, 2015
Mittman Asa Simon and Dendle Peter J. eds. "The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous" Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013.
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Course Objectives
かなり優れている 優れている 及第である 一層の努力が必要
MP_A-b [芸術作品の理解]
芸術学を対象とする領域では、芸術作品を正確に理解するとともに、重要な先行研究をふまえて作品を分析 し考察できる。
Description of the artwork: The artwork is identified; vocabulary is used correctly to describe the artwork effectively and clearly
Formal Analysis Discussion and Writing:Focus given to two or more formal elements; Clear explanation of relationship of different elements and how they contribute to viewer understanding

Interpretation and articulation of own ideas:balanced treatment of observation and documentary evidence, leading to student's own, informed interpretation of materials and concepts.
Description of the artwork: The artwork is identified; vocabulary is mostly correct and used to describe the artwork somewhat effectively

Formal Analysis Discussion and Writing:Focus given to one or two formal elements with some consideration of relationships; includes some discussion of how elements aid viewer understanding

Interpretation and articulation of own ideas:some informed interpretation of the art or historical contexts but may include errors and lack visual or documentary support.
Description of the artwork: The artwork is identified, but vocabulary is at times incorrect or ineffectively used to describe the artwork
Formal Analysis Discussion and Writing:Focus given to one or two formal elements with some consideration of relationships; includes some discussion of how elements aid viewer understanding

Interpretation and articulation of own ideas:some attempt to convey own ideas but includes errors of fact, does not support ideas with concrete examples
Description of the artwork: The artwork is not identified; vocabulary is often incorrect or ineffectively used to describe the artwork
Formal Analysis Discussion and Writing: Mentions multiple formal elements but lacks developed discussion or analysis//the relationship of different formal elements are ignored or incorrectly explained

Interpretation and articulation of own ideas:merely restates course or reading assignment information
MP_B1-a [一次資料の読解]
Demonstrates thorough understanding of the source; discussion is centered solidly around the main argument; shows independent judgement and synthesis based on thoughtful consideration of the sources of information. Demonstrates good understanding of the source; discussion takes up points raised by the material;discussion is centered around the main argument; shows an effort at independent judgement and synthesis based on consideration of the sources of information. Takes up points raised by the source but is not always focused clearly around the questions asked or may wander into areas outside the scope of the questions; shows some problems with thinking Doesn't show a clear sense of the issues raised by the sources; may leave out important aspects of the sources, shows problems with thinking; discussion relies heavily or uncritically on one particular area
GPA Evaluation
A B C D F
授業を通じて、総じて「かなり優れている」に相当する活動を行った。
Indicates general excellence; the student displays initiative, independence and originality
授業を通じて、概ね「優れている」を超える活動を行った。
Indicates an unquestioned grasp of the fundamental facts and principles and understanding of this significance, an ability to use them effectively;
work is logically organized and technically correct; the student often shows initiative and independent work.
授業を通じて、「及第する」に相当する活動を行った。
Indicates the student has a fairly accurate knowledge of the facts and principles and is able to apply them reasonably well.
授業を通じて、総じて「及第する」には達しないものの、それに近い活動を行った。
Indicates work is of inferior quality yet deserving of credit.
授業を通じて、「一層の努力が必要」の活動にとどまった。
Indicates a failure to grasp the facts and principles or a failure to complete the assigned work.
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MP_A-b
[芸術作品の理解]
MP_B1-a
[一次資料の読解]
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