Tag Archives: premodern Japan

Book Announcement: Letters from Japan’s Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Letters from Japan’s Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Correspondence of Warlords, Tea Masters, Zen Priests, and Aristocrats Morgan Pitelka, Reiko Tanimura, Takashi Masuda Cultural historians Morgan Pitelka and Reiko Tanimura partner with one of Japan’s premier experts in calligraphy and letter … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age

Cultural Imprints: War and Memory in the Samurai Age Edited by Elizabeth Oyler and Katherine Saltzman-Li Cultural Imprints draws on literary works, artifacts, performing arts, and documents that were created by or about the samurai to examine individual “imprints,” traces holding … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Senmyō: Old Japanese Imperial Edicts in the National Histories 697-887

Senmyō: Old Japanese Imperial Edicts in the National Histories 697-887 Ross Bender The Old Japanese edicts in Shoku Nihongi have been intensively if not exhaustively studied. Remarkably, the readings that Motoori Norinaga assigned to them in the eighteenth century are essentially in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Samurai: A Very Short Introduction

Samurai: A Very Short Introduction Michael Wert The idea of the sword-wielding samurai, beholden to a strict ethical code and trained in deadly martial arts, dominates popular conceptions of the samurai. As early as the late seventeenth century, they were … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Kanbunmyaku: The Literary Sinitic Context and the Birth of Modern Japanese Language and Literature

Kanbunmyaku: The Literary Sinitic Context and the Birth of Modern Japanese Language and Literature Series: Language, Writing and Literary Culture in the Sinographic Cosmopolis, Volume: 2 Author: Mareshi Saito Editors / Translators: Ross King and Christina Laffin In Kanbunmyaku: The … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Last Female Emperor of Nara Japan, 749-770

The Last Female Emperor of Nara Japan, 749-770by Ross Bender The last female emperor of Nara Japan was Kōken/Shōtoku Tennō, who ruled from 749 to 770, with an interregnum from 758 to 764. She was the last in a series of … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji

A Proximate Remove: Queering Intimacy and Loss in the Tale of Genji by Reginald Jackson (Author) Open Access: June 2021 How might queer theory transform our interpretations of medieval Japanese literature and how might this literature reorient the assumptions, priorities, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons

Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons James C. Dobbins Images of the Buddha are everywhere—not just in temples but also in museums and homes and online—but what these images mean largely depends on the background and circumstance … Continue reading

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Job Opening: University Lectureship in History of Japan through the 19th Century, Leiden

Position: University Lectureship in History of Japan through the 19th Century Institution: Faculty of Humanities, Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Universiteit Leiden Location: Leiden, the Netherlands From official job posting on the Universiteit Leiden website: The Faculty of Humanities, … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: 2019 Kambun Workshop at USC

2019 Kambun Workshop at USC: Fujiwara Yorinaga in His Own Words This summer’s Kambun Workshop at the University of Southern California will focus on reading selections from the late Heian Taiki courtier journal of Fujiwara Yorinaga (1120-56), son of the viceroy Tadazane.Yorinaga’s … Continue reading

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