Text and Image in Japanese Books

Partners Event, Workshop
Wednesday 8 May 2013 - Thursday 9 May 2013 | (see programme for details)

Room L67, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Admission is free, all welcome.

About the Workshop

jrc-may-2013Japanese books have often been accompanied by illustrations from medieval manuscripts such as emaki picture scrolls through woodblock printed books of the Edo period before 1870 to literature of the modern era. Woodblock print technology allowed Japanese commercial printing from the 17th century to include illustrations, including in colour, more easily than movable type printing of the same era. This workshop will focus on examining the relationship between text and image in a variety of Japanese genres. The workshop is in conjunction with the SOAS exhibition of ‘1000 Years of the Art of Japanese Books’ from the Tenri Library. The workshop is supported by a grant from the Sainsbury Institute of Japanese Arts and Cultures.

Japan Research Centre         Poster

Programme

8 May Wednesday
2.00: Introduction: Andrew Gerstle (SOAS)
2.15: Ellis Tinios, ‘Adapting Chinese Books for the Japanese Market’ (Leeds University)
3.00: Laura Moretti, ‘Illustrations in seventeenth-century Japanese printed books’ (University of Cambridge)
3.45: Break
4.00: Michael Kinski, ‘Inexhaustible Storehouses of Knowledge: On the Interplay of Text and Illustration in Early Modern Japanese Household Encyclopedias” (University of Frankfurt)
4.45: Alfred Haft, ‘China through Floating-World Eyes’ (British Museum/Sainsbury Institute)

9 May Thursday
10.00: Akiko Yano, ‘Images of Kabuki Actors in 18th Century Books’ (SOAS)
10.45: Ryoko Matsuba, ‘The “Eight Views” in Edo Period Japan: Popular Themes between Poem and Image’ (Sainsbury Institute)
12.00: Break
12.15: Christian Dunkel, ‘Famous places in Kyōto and Ōsaka – reading (about) them in 18th-century Japan’ (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin)
1.00: Lunch
2.30: Jenny Preston, ‘In other words: text and image in illustrated books’ (SOAS)
3.15: Rosina Buckland, ‘Elegant Gatherings: Woodblock-printed Literati Albums of the 1880s’ (National Museum of Scotland)
4.00: Break and Final Discussion