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Three-Day Workshop on The History of the Book in China
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018
Main Conference Room, Charles E. Young Research Library (11348 YRL), UCLA Library
The Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library (EAL) presents a three-day workshop on The History of the Book in China as part of the EAL’s 70th Anniversary Celebration. The instructor is Professor James Soren Edgren, Princeton University, an internationally renowned scholar on the East Asian book and printing.
The three-day workshop features a wide range of topics: what is book, the emergence of Chinese script and its special characteristics; what is true paper, the essential role of paper in book culture and the significance of its early availability in China and the spread of paper in East Asia and its dissemination to other regions; what is printing and its early development from Tang (618-907) to Northern Song (960-1127) and the transmission of printing to Korea and Japan, as well as to China’s border regions. It also covers book production in non-Han languages and scripts, ink-squeeze rubbings as proto-printing and current controversies concerning the history of printing within East Asia as well as the aesthetics of woodblock printing, and manuscript culture and the co-existence of manuscripts and printed books, ink and paper serve the needs of literate culture, the “golden age” of books and printing in the Southern Song (1127-1279), non-commercial vs commercial publishing; dynastic change and economic retrenchment in the early-Ming (1368-1521), economic recovery and the printing “boom” of the late-Ming (1522-1644); woodcuts, book illustration, and color printing in China and East Asia, with emphasis on their styles and techniques. Traditional libraries and book collecting in China; the use of seal impressions as signs of ownership (i.e., as ex libris marks); government and other official libraries, religious libraries, and private libraries and the impact of Western influences on the book in China and etc.
The workshop is from Wednesday, June 13 to Friday, June 15 in the Main Conference Room, Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL). If you have questions, please contact Su Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.