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The Tale of Genji may be the world’s first novel. It is most definitely the first written by a woman. In the thousand years since it was written, it has transcended the narrow world of the Japanese court to become the core text of the entire Japanese literary tradition. Over the past century, Lady Murasaki’s […]

Call for Papers- December 2nd- Deadline extended

The 33rd Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium in the History of Art and Architecture  Trashed: Rejection and Recovery in the History of Art and Architecture Submissions Due: December 2nd, 2016 (extended from Nov 21) Symposium Dates: March 24 – 25, 2017 What happens to the ideas and materials that end up in the scrap bin […]

New faculty book release on cultural icon, Simón Bolívar

Simón Bolívar: Travels and Transformations of a Cultural Icon Edited by Maureen G. Shanahan and Ana María Reyes One of Latin America’s most famous historical figures, Simón Bolívar has become a mythic symbol for many nations, empires, and revolutions used to support wildly diverse–sometimes opposite–ideas. From colonial Cuba to Nazi-occupied France to Cold War-era Slovenia, […]

Panel Discussion: African American Storytelling in Sequential Art

While most of us are familiar with the centrality of storytelling and oral tradition in African American literature, we may not realize the role they have played in the visual arts as well. Comic books and graphic novels are not just a medium of visual culture that speaks mainly to a white audience interested in […]

New faculty book, by Professor Alice Tseng.

Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods: The Arts of Reinvention Edited by Morgan Pitelka, Alice Y. Tseng This book promises to be a major step forward in advancing our knowledge of Kyoto’s history and culture. Its chapters focus on two periods in Kyoto’s history in which the old capital was politically marginalized: the […]

April 27 Lecture: Asia in Amsterdam: Luxury in the Golden Age

The Department of History of Art & Architecture is pleased to announce a talk by Karina Corrigan, Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, on the museum’s current exhibition Asia in Amsterdam: Luxury in the Golden Age on April 27 at 5:30 pm in CAS Room 303A.