This Tuesday 28th sees Professor George Hughes's final lecture in Tokyo at the University of Tokyo English Poetry society (from 1pm; lecture at 4pm), on Alexander Pope's "Eloisa to Abelard" (1717).
Pope's story of violent love - doomed by vengeful parental castration and monastic imprisonment - became one of the eighteenth century's most enduringly popular poems, translated into many European languages and an important influence on the Gothic and Romantic traditions. It also encouraged a trend for clandestine correspondence between young lovers:
Soon as thy letters trembling I unclose,
That well-known name awakens all my woes.
Oh name for ever sad! for ever dear!
Still breath'd in sighs, still usher'd with a tear ...
Also on this week: a talk from the former editor of the economist, Bill Emmott, on Brexit and Trump; a workshop on the academic novel, David Damrosch (Harvard) on Japan in world literature, modern Malaysian history, the French Romantic painter Théodore Chassériau, and a British Council language-learning workshop on British versus American English.
* = partly in English, or translation provided
** = event in English
**27 Feb 2017 - "New Perspectives on Modern Malay(sian) History", TUFS, 4pm
**27 Feb - 1 March - David Damrosch, series of lectures on "Japanese Literature in the World", University of Tokyo
*28 Feb 2017 - UTokyo English Poetry Society (英詩研究会) meeting, Hongo Campus, Department of English Dictionary Room (文学部3号館、英文辞書室(5F)) 13:30. Meeting includes talk in English by Professor George Hughes titled "Eloisa to Abelard" ー Alexander Pope" from 16:00.
**28 Feb 2017 - Kourken Michaelian (U Otago), "The Epistemology of Generative Memory", UTokyo TFAP (http://tf-ap.com/program/#124)
2 Mar 2017 - Vincent Pomarède (Musée du Louvre), “Chassériau and Nature” (French lecture with Japanese translation), National Museum of Western Art (https://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/events/index.html)
**2 Mar 2017 - Bill Emmott, lecture on "Brexit, Trump and threats to the liberal international order: what Japan and the UK can do", Japan-British Society, 18:30 (4,000 yen for non-members)
**2 March 2017 - "Traveling Ethics Textbooks in East Asia", Professor Nam Nguyen (Vietnam National U), 33rd GJS Seminar, University of Tokyo IASA
4 Mar 2017 - Workshop on the academic novel (大学という物語 ― Academic Novelを中心に), 3pm, Soundings English Literary Association (http://soundings.lekumo.biz/blog/)
4 Mar 2017 - British English vs American English Workshop
(イギリス英語vs.アメリカ英語 ワークショップ), British Council, 18:30 (https://www.britishcouncil.jp/events/english-british-american-workshop2017)
exhibitions and drama
until 3 Mar 2017 - Exhibition on Christian icons and prayer aids (キリスト教信仰のかたち―祈りの道具にみる多様性―), Kokugakuin University Museum (http://museum.kokugakuin.ac.jp/event/detail/2016_christ.html)
until 5 Mar 2017 - "World Book Design" exhibition at the Printing Museum, Tokyo (http://www.printing-museum.org/exhibi…/…/161203/img/zoom.pdf)
until 11 March 2017 - "Wisdom and Works of Tibetan Pastoralists", TUFS (http://www.tufs.ac.jp/english/2017/02/ilcaa-2017feb-mar-event.html)
until 26 March - "Matisse et Rouault" exhibition, Shiodome Museum (http://panasonic.co.jp/…/museum/exh…/17/170114/index_en.html)
until 26 March - "Murmur and Tumult. Masterpieces of Nabis from the Musee d’Orsay", Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
until 2 April 2017 - Special Exhibition on "Titian and the Renaissance in Venice", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (http://www.tobikan.jp/en/exhibition/h28_titian.html)
until 2 April - "Revisiting Siebold's Japan Museum", Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture
*until 9 April 2017 - Exhibit on "The Romanov Dynasty: Russia seen from Japan, Japan seen from Russia", Toyo Bunko (http://www.toyo-bunko.or.jp/museum/romanov.pdf)
until 9 April 2017 - "Edo and Beijing: Cities and Urban Life in the 18th Century", Edo-Tokyo Museum
until 16 April 2017 - "Parody and Intertextuality: Visual Culture in Japan around the 1970s", Tokyo Station Gallery
until 28 May 2017 - Exhibition on "Théodore Chassériau : Parfum exotique",
National Museum of Western Art (https://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/exhibitions/2017chasseriau.html)
8 March to 5 June 2017 - Alfonso Mucha Exhibition (ミュシャ展), National Art Center, Tokyo
8 April to 25 June 2017 - "Japan, the Archipelago of the House: Contemporary Japanese houses seen through photographs by a French architect" (日本、家の列島), Shiodome Museum Rouault Gallery
until 11 June 2017 - Indian contemporary artist N.S. Harsha, Mori Art Museum, http://www.mori.art.museum/english/contents/n_s_harsha/
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