Utagawa Hiroshige’s ukiyoe “Hara on the Tokaido” is a RLE that can explored in a number of ways in a TOK essay on May 2020 TOK Essay Prescribed Title #4 RLE. One could argue that a particular theory is more important or is sufficient in understanding Hiroshige’s work.
On the other hand, a TOK essay could argue that a number of different theories are required. There are a number of topics / areas that have theories that could be applied to Hiroshige’s ukiyoe “Hara on the Tokaido.” The list below contains broad categories – a successful essay should look at specific theories within a particular category such as the examples given.
- Art theory (e.g. formalism)
- History (e.g. Modernization theory)
- Social hierarchy (e.g. Marxism)
- Gender studies (e.g. women’s studies specific to Japan)