Select topic or consult the list of possible topics below) there are 9 Possible Topics

Trade, Jesuits and Samurai
Research Paper Guidelines

This is a research paper of about 10 pages. You can select your own topic or consult the list of possible topics below. When doing your research, you will naturally look for information on your specific subject but you should also look more generally at the larger context. What other artists or objects are associated with your topic? What social, political, or cultural events inform the making or reception of your object(s), artist(s), or medium (media)? You will not find a lot of information fishing for your specific object/artist/topic, but you can find a lot of information if you cast a wide net. Get started finding sources and information, and then check the sources that that source used, and follow the chain of information.

Paper Form: All papers must have a coherent structure that flows logically from beginning to end. Start with an introductory paragraph or two outlining the subject of the paper and include a thesis statement identifying your specific focus. Find some angle on your investigation-a problem, a specific idea-rather than giving me a digest of historical information on your subject. At the end, wrap up with a conclusion. Poor paper organization or the lack of a thesis will bring your grade down.

Sources: You must include a bibliography, and it must include a variety of source types: monographs, exhibition catalogues, articles, and reference works. Your bibliography must include a minimum of five scholarly sources. Online sources need to be approached with care. Anyone can publish online: that is its beauty and its danger. Make sure the source is scholarly.
Use the provided departmental style sheet as a guide. Not doing this correctly will bring your grade down. (Yes, it is that important!)

Presentation of final copy: Finally, proofread your paper! Read it out loud to yourself to locate problems of sentence structure and spelling. Poor proofreading makes your work appear as though you banged it out the night before or that you donat give a rip about the assignment. Non-native speakers of English have greater hurdles here, and I encourage such students to get writing help if you feel your English is weak. Poor writing and poor proofreading distracts your teacher from thinking about what you have to say.

Possible Topics:

1. Who are those people? Work out the kinds of people shown in trade screens manning the carracks, where they came from, and the Portuguese trade network. How does the Japanese painter communicate with his viewer who the various kinds of people are
2. Japanese lacquered objects made for use by the Catholic church
3. Secular Japanese lacquered objects made for export
4. A specific theme such as a?The Four Accomplishmentsa? and how it is used in Momoyama art
5. Daimyo as tea object collectors
6. Portuguese firearms and Japanese buyers
7. The contrast between ceramics made for Japanese tea ceremony and the porcelains Portuguese merchants sought. Think about the aesthetics and the ideas
8. The Portuguese carrying trade between China and Japan and the kinds of objects transported
9. The transplanting of European methods of depiction to Japan