HIRASAWA Caroline

Associate Professor
Art History
M.F.A., Tokyo University of Fine Arts
M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

Research and Teaching Interests:

My research interests include combinatory Kami-related and Buddhist religious art, esoteric Buddhist painting and doctrine, pilgrimage mandalas, mountain religion, setsuwa literature, medieval picture scrolls (emaki), popular print culture, and film. I am currently completing a book on Tateyama mandara, Edo-period paintings that were used in preaching and ritual by priests associated with a mountain in Toyama prefecture. Other publications focus on Japanese images of hell and salvation. I teach courses on sacred Japanese art and material culture, Western views of Japan in film, narrative painting, and critical thinking through studying photography.

Selected Publications:

Books 
Hell-bent for Heaven: Painting and Practice at a Japanese Mountain, forthcoming in Brill’s Japanese Visual Culture Series.

Journal Articles
 “Cracking Cauldrons and Babies on Blossoms: The Relocation of Salvation in Japanese Hell Painting,” Artibus Asiae 73:1, forthcoming in 2012.

“The Inflatable, Collapsible Kingdom of Retribution: A Primer on Japanese Hell Imagery and Imagination,” Monumenta Nipponica 63:1 (Spring 2008), pp. 1-50. 

COURSES

Courses NoTitle2017 Semester Offered
ART453 COMPARATIVE ART HISTORY Not Offered
ART201 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY/VISUAL CULTURE 1 Autumn
ART250 INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY/VISUAL CULTURE 2 Spring
ART463 STUDIES IN EAST ASIAN VISUAL CULTURE Autumn
ART321 SURVEY OF JAPANESE ART 1 Not Offered
ART303 TOPICS IN JAPANESE ART Spring
Tel:
03-3238-4063
Email:
ninzu-dou@sophia.ac.jp
Office:
10-630