Posthumous book by X. Jie Yang (U of Calgary) now available

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Lawrence Marceau

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Nov 25, 2022, 8:03:41 AM11/25/22
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In relation to the recent passing of Professor X. Jie Yang, we wish to note that his final book has just been published. (Japanese follows English)

Title: Tawamureru Edo no moji-e, Author: Yang Xiao Jie; Itasaka Noriko (Gen. Ed.), published by Maar-sha on November 24, 2022. X. Jie Yang passed away on October 13, so this is his final monograph. In this book, Professor Yang reproduces the kokkeibon by Jippensha Ikku, Monji no chie (Illustrated Wisdom of Letters), in modern Japanese translation, and discusses each illustration and its text from his own perspective. This book is aimed at providing readers with a delightful experience, even if they lack expertise in Edo culture. Therefore, even the modern Japanese translation is done using contemporary kana orthography, making it easy for anyone to read. We hope that readers can enjoy the experience of "etoki" ("gaining narrative understanding through pictures") through this book.

『戯れる江戸の文字絵』(楊暁捷著、板坂則子監修、202211月にマール社より発売)が11月に刊行されます。楊暁捷氏はこの本の刊行を前に、1013日に御逝去されました。この書は彼の最後の本になります。本書は十返舎一九の滑稽本『文字の知画(もんじのちえ)』を現代語読みにし、著者の見解を交えてわかりやすく解説した1冊です。江戸文化に詳しくない方でも楽しめるような本を目指しております。そのため、本書内の「現代語読み」部分は、あえて「現代仮名遣い」を使用し、読みやすさを優先いたしました。絵解きの楽しさを充分に味わって頂けると思います。

Maar-sha HP (direct link to 『戯れる江戸の文字絵』)

https://www.maar.com/shop/art/culture/isbn9784837306924

Amazon

www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4837306926

Rakuten books
https://books.rakuten.co.jp/rb/17328543/?scid=af_pc_etc&sc2id=af_101_0_0

Lawrence Marceau

Ritsumeikan University Art Research Center (ARC), and Italian School of East Asian Studies (ISEAS), Kyoto

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