Reading Material


Lectures by Albert Dien

Lectures on Southern art (lect. Annette Kieser)
  • Dien, Albert. Six Dynasties Civilization. New Haven u.a. 2007. Chapters 4, 6, and 7
  • China: Dawn of a Golden Age 200-750 A.D. James C. Y. Watt. New Haven and London 2004. Chapter II, III, V, VI.
  • Paludan, Ann. The Chinese Spirit Road: The Classical Tradition of Stone Tomb Statuary. New Haven/London 1991.
  • Kieser, Annette. "Northern Influence in Tombs in Southern China after 317 CE? A Reevaluation.” In: Between Han and Tang. Cultural and Artistic Interaction in a Transformative Period, pp. 231-268. Wu Hong (ed.). Beijing 2001, Wenwu chubanshe.

Lectures on Northern Art (lect. Shing Mueller)

  • Anthony J. Barbieri-Low, Artisants in Early Imperial China. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2007, Chapters 1 and 2.
  • Richard M. Barnhart et al., Three Thousand Years of Chinese Paintings. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997, pp. 31-63.
  • Albert Dien, Six Dynasties Civilization. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007, Chapters 6, 7, 12.
  • Angela Falco Howard et al., Chinese Sculpture. NewHaven and London: Yale University Press, 2006, pp. 105-125, 160-170, 208-237, 238-267, 268-297.
  • Ann Paludan, Chinese Tomb Figurines. Hong Kong, Oxford , New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • James C. Y. Watt (ed.), China, Dawn of a Golden Age 200-750 AD, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2004, Chapters. 2, 3, 6.
  • Zheng Yan 鄭岩, Wei Jin Nanbeichao bihuamu yanjiu 魏晉南北朝壁畫墓研究, Beijing: Wenwu chubanshe, 2002.

Literature (prof. David Knechtges)

Questions for the Final Debate (prof. Jana S. Rošker)

1. Is there such a thing as transition? Why are the periods in which China was defined by the co-existence of several different states, always denoted as periods of transition by official Chinese historiography? (And why do we tend to believe it?)

2. Regarding  art and archaeology in the WJNBC era, what kind of notions do we employ when we talk about SOTUHERN or NORTHERN ART? (Things that are lacking, maybe also things and innovations that are specific for either category). What are the similarities and differences between North and South in the development of the tombs and mural paintings?

3. What are the main innovations of Wang Bi’s interpretations in comparison to the interpretations of the Han Dynasty? Which ideational shift took place in the WJNBC period? Why do you think it is important?

4. The role and the significance of the mountain in the WJNBC literary art: magic imageries and spiritual journeys to immortality...and?

5. Names and actualities, genuine (sincere?) feelings and hypocrisy from Kongzi to Wang Bi

Intercultural Methodology (prof. Jana S. Rošker)

Kuijper, Hans. 2000: 'Is sinology a science?' In: China report (36), p. 331-354, last accessed 22.2.2015, URL:


1: Guan Tianchen, Liu Puning, Shu Chen, Katarina, Maja
2: Yuan Ai, Mariia Guleva, Jian Jun, Aleša, Georgijs Dunajevs
3: Eugen, Albert, Kai, Lidia Tammaro, Martina
4: Hélene, Laura Busi Rizzi, Sonja Kelšin, Luka Furjan, Beatrix
5: Clara, Hua Kaiqi, Dimitriy Borisov, Nika, Livio Zannini

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