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Lecture: "From Abject Horror to Witty Play: The Oscillating Modes of the Supernatural in 19th-Century Japan"

  • 11/15/2012 | 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
  • Event Type: Lecture

Lecture: "From Abject Horror to Witty Play: The Oscillating Modes of the Supernatural in 19th-Century Japan"Japanese prints from the Edo period (1600-1868) often feature haggard ghosts, vengeful demons, and mischievous beings. Daniel McKee will discuss these prints in connection with literary, theatrical, and political discourses, reading them as a medium of socio-political critique.

McKee, Japanese studies bibliographer and adjunct assistant professor in Cornell University's East Asian Program, was formerly the curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art.

This talk is organized in conjunction with Fantastic Stories: The Supernatural in Nineteenth-Century Japanese Prints, on view at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and is presented as part of the series of events recognizing 25 years of the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin.

Sponsored by the Lectures and Concerts Committee, Blythe Bickel Edwards Fund, Asian Studies Program, Art History Division of the Department of Art, and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Presented by Asian Studies and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art