Paatela-Nieminen, Martina (2008)

Intertextual method for art education applied in Japanese paper theatre – a study on discovering intercultural differences.

The International Journal of Art & Design Education. Vol: 27, Number: 1, Pages: 91-104.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1476-8070.2008.00561.x


In art education we need methods for studying works of art and visual culture interculturally because there are many multicultural art classes and little consensus as to how to interpret art in different cultures. In this article my central aim was to apply the intertextual method that I developed in my doctoral thesis for Western art education to explore whether the method would also work from a non-Western point of view. My hypothesis was that it is possible to find local and global differences that arise from selected texts and study them interculturally. As postmodernism calls attention to marginal areas, I applied my method to a form of visual culture that is not well known in the European art education context, the Japanese kamishibai which can be translated as Japanese paper theatre.

Based on the results, my study will propose a method for understanding visual culture and the multiple relations – local and global – between different cultures. Japanese paper theatre also offers an interesting potential for using visual and verbal stories in the theory and practice of art education.

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