ARTH 272. Chinese Pictures, Ming Dynasty to Modern. Fall 2014.
|Professor Lara Blanchard||
|Art & Architecture Department, 208 Houghton House|
Instructions for response papers.
From time to time throughout the semester I will be assigning short response papers, basically a 300- to 600-word response to one of the assigned texts.
What I will be looking for in these papers is:
Within these parameters, you can go in any direction you want with these papers. If the text makes you think about the nature of Chinese religion, politics, or society, please write about it. I am hoping that these papers will stimulate your thinking about Chinese culture and that this will deepen your understanding of Chinese art. Please note, though, that I am not interested in thoughtless criticism of Chinese art or culture. If you have a negative reaction to the text, you need to stop to reflect on how the values of Chinese society in a particular period might differ from modern values. If you find the text confusing, it is fine to focus on one part of it.
Please refer to the notes in your syllabus about appropriate formats for written work and about plagiarism. (Yes, plagiarism even matters here: if you quote from the text in your paper, please use a parenthetical reference or footnote.)
If you have further questions about writing response papers, you might visit the HWS Writes website (http://www.hws.edu/academics/ctl/hws_writes.aspx).