Japanese Books: From Manuscript to Print
We found a nice Harvard University Online Course to explore this subject matter!
■What you'll learn
- How to examine Japanese books and scrolls
- Different types of bindings, scroll formats, printing techniques, and basic terminology
- Different approaches to visual and textual storytelling
- Short stories and epic tales— plots, characters, and illustrative devices
- How to analyze and appreciate illustrated narratives
This course expands the definition of the “book” to include scrolls and albums, focusing on the reading experience of a variety of formats in Japan. You will begin by examining rare and beautifully preserved manuscripts in the Harvard Art Museums in an introduction exploring the material properties of Japanese books and scrolls, binding techniques, and important terminology. An examination of the illustrated scroll comes next, through a unit on the short story and visual storytelling in premodern Japan. The course concludes with The Tale of Genji , an overview of how this celebrated epic from the eleventh century was read and illustrated in every conceivable format, from scroll, to album, to printed book, into the modern era.
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