Looking at Japanese Erotica in a Comparative Context

Third Thursday lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 15 January, 2015
6:00pm GMT

Weston Room, Norwich Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4EH


Dr Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer in History, University of Leeds, Visiting Researcher, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)

About the Talk

In this talk Ellis Tinios, a participant in the British Museum Shunga project, will consider features of Japanese printed erotica of the Edo period (1603-1868) that distinguish it from its European counterparts. Leading Japanese artists imbued their erotic work with humour and joy, affirming the conviction that ‘making love is the prime glory and height of pleasure’. Guilt, shame and sin are alien to their representations of ‘the way of love’.

Note: This lecture will include sexually explicit images.

About the Speaker

Ellis Tinios is Honorary Lecturer in History, University of Leeds, and Visiting Researcher at the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. His recent publications include Understanding Japanese Woodblock-printed Illustrated Books with Suzuki Jun (Brill, 2013) and Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-e in Edo, 1700-1900 (British Museum Press, 2011).

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The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and Yakult UK.