(Assistant Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)
“Global Literary Networks: Macro-Scale Approaches to the Sociology of Literature and Translation”
***April 17 (Wednesday) 4:00-6:00 p.m.***
Location: Judd 313
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(PhD Candidate, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)
“Courtesans versus Literati: Gendered Soundscapes in Late-Ming Singing Culture (1547-1644)”
Drawing upon the recent scholarship on sound studies, particularly cultural musicology and art historical inquiries into sound, I propose a hermeneutic approach to late-Ming singing refracted through the history of auditory experience. What were the sonic features—what the theorist R. Murray Schafer terms “keynote”—of the basic performance models of the time? How did they carry specific gendered implications? With these questions in mind, I probe the dichotomy between the courtesans’ vocal chamber music and the vigorous singing of elite men. The typical late-Ming courtesan’s solo performance took place under relatively quiet acoustic conditions and featured pleasing-sounding soft voice and hyperfeminine vocal production described metaphorically in contemporary criticism as “the midnight oriole.” In contrast, mountain hikers, mostly male, performed solo songs marked by significant sonority and high physical effort in natural landscapes with rich ambient noise, especially the sound of rapid streams and waterfalls
Feb. 14 (Thursday) 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Judd 313
(Professor, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Between Left and Right: Cold War Politics and Mid-Twentieth-Century Hong Kong Cinema”
***Nov. 9 (Friday) 3:30-5:30 p.m.***
**Location: Judd 313**
(Professor of History, Northwestern University)
“The Art of Bourgeois Culture in Kamakura”
Oct. 4 (Thursday) 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: JHF Room (SS224)
Assistant Professor of History, Grinnell College
“Mass Culture in Maoist China: Archival Perspective and Methodological Challenges.”
Oct. 20 (Thursday) 4:00-6:00 p.m.
John Hope Franklin Room (SS224)
February 25, 4-6 pm, Classics 111
Julia Thomas, University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor, Department of History
“Intimate Trauma, Cool Distance: Photographic Politics in 1950s Japan”
February 18th, 4-6 pm, Social Sciences 224
Lily Chumley, PhD candidate in Anthropology
“Art School and the Visual Culture Industries in China, 1978-2008”
February 4th, 4-6 pm, Social Sciences 224
Shunsuke Nozawa, PhD candidate in Anthropology
“An untimely eccentric: writing, locality, and memory in modern Japan”