Japanese Fiction from Edo Pop(ulism) to Incipient Modernism at Japan Society

04/28/13 1pm 333 East 47th Street Map
212-832-1155 $75/$70 Japan Society members (includes exhibition admission)

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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 for pre-meeting information.

Venue Description: Tues.-Thurs., 11am-6pm; Fri., 11am-9pm; Sat. & Sun., 11am-5pm. Closed on Mon. & major holidays.

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