Yale Program in the History of the Book
Deputy Warden, Robinson College, University of Cambridge
Sins of Omission: What the Publishers' Catalogues of Edo-period Japan Left Out
Lecture: Wednesday, December 11, 4:30 pm
Seminar: Thursday, December 12, 5:00 pm -- Room 38
Professor Kornicki is well-known for his work on the history of the book in Japan. He has published catalogues of early Japanese books held in several libraries, and also launched the Union Catalogue of Early Japanese Books in Europe, which is now available online. He has also written the important monograph, The Book in Japan: A Cultural History from the Beginnings to the Nineteenth Century (1998), and has more recently edited a collection of essays on women readers in the Edo and Meiji periods with two former graduate students.
The Yale Program in the History of the Book brings together scholars across disciplines to explore the materiality of the written word over time and across cultures. A collaboration between Yale’s Department of English and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, it offers seminar meetings for the Yale community and a series of public lectures by speakers across the field of book history. The Program is organized by David Scott Kastan, Chair (George M. Bodman Professor of English Literature, Yale Department of English); Kathryn James (Curator of Early Modern Books and Manuscripts & the Osborn Collection, Beinecke Library); and Aaron Pratt (Ph.D. student, Yale Department of English).