This course introduces students to the location, handling, and interpretation of primary sources in the study of premodern Japanese literature and intellectual history. This semester functions as a crash course in the the analysis of books and other textual artifacts from premodern Japan. We practice asking, what is it? How does it fit into the history of textual culture? Topics covered include bindings, glosses, colophons, fragments, paleography, cataloging, and xylography, making use of materials from Princeton's East Asian Library Rare Books Collection.
Brian R. Steininger