Session 08—Tu, Sep 20: Miyabi (courtly beauty)
❖ Aesthetic term: miyabi
◊ Test review—We discuss your interpretations of poems and passages that were provided as practice for the midterm
Thoughts—read before class, revisit for tests
The concept of miyabi is not difficult. What it trickier is remembering how extensive it is in the premodern arts, and seeing its higher formulations in yūgen, sabi and such. Today lays the groundwork. There is no reading for this day; it is all, or nearly all, visual information. I recommend attendance. There may or may not be a powerpoint available later.
We take some time (20 minutes or so) to discuss the midterm. Other details, if available, can be found through Sidebar > Assignments.
Required—to be completed for today's session
✓ No assigned readings but attendance highly recommended.
❖ Miyabi [bSpace, PPT]
◊ read aloud from The Diary of Lady Murasaki, trans by Richard Bowring (Penguin and ePenguin)
◊ showed color pairings from 『かさねの色目』長崎盛輝
◊ film segment from ICHIKAWA Kon, "The Makioka Sisters" (1983)
Terms and such mentioned this day that are not otherwise in an obvious place on the web site, the powerpoints, the assigned reading, etc. (to help with capturing items mentioned, perhaps quickly, in class, not for test purposes)
Nothing in particular.