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Medieval Japan, 1100–1600

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019

Encyclopedia entry

...Theme Description Japan is an archipelago pressed between the world’s largest continent (Asia) and its biggest ocean (the Pacific). It consists of hundreds of islands lying between 45 degrees north latitude and 31 degrees south...

Global Medieval at The “End of The Silk Road,” Circa 756 CE: The ShōSō–In Collection in Japan

Jun Hu

Jun Hu is Assistant Professor of East Asian art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In addition to his work on Nara, he has a forthcoming publication on Buddhist mural painting in early medieval China and is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively entitled “The Perturbed Circle: Chinese Architecture and Its Periphery.” Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Re-Assessing the Global turn in Medieval Art History : The Medieval Globe

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...This article focuses on the Shōsō–in repository in Nara, a collection of artifacts that were fashioned in various media along the Silk Road. The repository first took shape in the mid–eighth century, when the personal collection of Emperor...

Queens and Courtesans in Japan and Early Modern France

Adams Tracy


Ian Fookes

Tracy Adams and Ian Fookes also leverage the early modern French court as a basis for their comparative study. However, they provide a less obvious, but intriguing, comparison with Japan in their examination of court women and the role of courtesans in both contexts. Adams and Fookes parallel the Ôoku, or “great interior,” of the Japanese court with that of early modern France and also compare French salon culture with the Yoshiwara, which was home to elegant and refined courtesans. They reveal that, although France lacked a true courtesan culture in the same overt way as could be found in the Yoshiwara, both courts offer interesting similarities in terms of the framework of court culture to which women had to conform to thrive and survive. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Companion to Global Queenship

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...The authors would like to thank Lawrence Marceau, who generously read this chapter, and the anonymous readers for their useful suggestions.IN THE COURTESAN’S Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Martha Feldman and Bonnie Gordon describe...

World Developments

A Cultural History of Food in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The chapters in this volume have illustrated different aspects of food culture during the Middle Ages in Europe and in the Mediterranean world. This last section is an overview of the techniques, products, food-related behaviors, social...