Primary Sources: Japanese History and Culture
Students get an up-close view of rare books, art, and artifacts.
Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Haverford College
Premodern Japanese Literature
Topics in East Asian History: Book History and Material Culture in Japan
In a visit to look at Special Collections’ rare books, art, and artifacts, students focused on materials from the Kanō school of painting, many of which had been the centerpiece of a recent exhibition on The Tale of Genji. A co-curator of that exhibition and a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art, Nina Blomfield, happened to be working as a graduate assistant in Art & Artifacts over the past school year and facilitated these class visits. Students viewed scrolls, writing sets, lacquerware, rare books of calligraphy study and botanical illustrations, and ukiyo-e prints, as well as a monumental Kanō screen depicting a scene from The Tale of Genji.