Japanese Fiction from Edo Pop(ulism) to Incipient Modernism

May 12, 2013
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This two-part book club discussion considers the immense historical and cultural changes that heralded the populist transformation of Japanese society and culture during the Edo period. Sip sake and enjoy light Japanese snacks while exploring two Edo period works of literature, The Life of an Amorous Woman and Japan’s First Modern Novel: Ukigumo, under the guidance of Dr. John K. Gillespie, independent scholar and co-author of Traditional Japanese Culture and Modern Japan. Discover the historical, literary and aesthetic contexts of these works and gain insight into the art on view in Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints. In advance of the discussions, engage in a close reading of selected translations and come prepared to share your observations. A background in Japanese literature is not required.

Email [email protected] for pre-meeting information.

A limited number still available.
$75/$70 Japan Society members (includes exhibition admission).

This program is generously supported by Mary J. Wallach.

Kitagawa Utamaro (1753/54–1806), Love for a Farmer’s Wife (detail), 1795–96. Color woodblock print (nishiki-e).17 ½ x 21 11/16 in. Courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Bequest of Richard P. Gale 74.1.152.

  • Sunday, May 12, 2013
  • 11:30 am