International Symposium on Monsters and the Fantastic in Medieval and Early Modern Japanese Illustrated Narratives
Friday, November 1, 2013. 403 Kent Hall, Columbia University, New York City
Co-sponsored by Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.
Note: Presentations in Japanese and English. Preregistration required. RSVP Yoshiko Niiya (DKC) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The late medieval period and the early Edo period (14th through the 17th c.) produced a large body of narrative literature referred to as otogizōshi, which has been largely overlooked. These narratives, which tend to be relatively short, cover a wide range of topics: tales of animals and plants; stories of monsters (yōkai), demons, and gods, as well as narratives about commoners, aristocrats, priests, and samurai. Many of these narratives appear in the form of a scroll painting (emaki) or in a bound book format (naraehon). This workshop explores recurrent themes in these illustrated texts, particularly the role of yōkai and the fantastic.
MONSTERS AND THE FANTASTIC
9:30 AM Opening remarks (Haruo Shirane, organizer, Shincho Professor, Columbia U.)
9:45-10:35 AM Keynote speech: “Otogizōshi, Yōkai (Monsters), and Japanese Popular Culture,” TOKUDA Kazuo, Gakushuin Women’s College (in Japanese)
10:35-11:00 AM Discussion.
Discussant: Kitamura Yuika (Kobe University) and Haruo Shirane (Columbia U)
Panel 1: PLANTS, ANIMALS, AND NON-SENTIENT OBJECTS (Irui-mono)
11:15-11:35 AM “Irui-mono and Muromachi Arts”
SAITO Maori, National Institute of Japanese Literature (in Japanese)
11:35-11:55 AM “The Visual Worlds of Strange Encounters?” Melissa McCormick (Harvard University)
11:55-12:15 PM “Why Animals? Ashikaga Politics and Plausibility Denialibility,” Sarah Thompson (Museum of Fine Arts Boston)
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