Third Thursday Lecture | 6 pm | 15 January 2015
Looking at Japanese Erotica in a Comparative Context
Dr Ellis Tinios
Honorary Lecturer in History, University of Leeds
Visiting Researcher, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential. To book your seat, please email the Sainsbury Institute
The lecture will be held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.
About the Lecture
In this talk Ellis Tinios, a participant in the British Museum Shunga project, will consider features of Japanese printed erotica of the Edo period (1603-1868) that distinguish it from its European counterparts. Leading Japanese artists imbued their erotic work with humour and joy, affirming the conviction that ‘making love is the prime glory and height of pleasure’. Guilt, shame and sin are alien to their representations of ‘the way of love’.
Note: This lecture will include sexually explicit images.
About the Speaker
Ellis Tinios is Honorary Lecturer in History, University of Leeds, and Visiting Researcher at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. His recent publications include Understanding Japanese Woodblock-printed Illustrated Books with Suzuki Jun (Brill, 2013) and Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900 (British Museum Press, 2011).
To book your seat, please email the Sainsbury Institute
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