Kristin H. Williams
East Asian Languages & Cultures
B.A., Mary Baldwin College; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Green Hall Rm. 238D
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research in Japanese literature, children’s culture, and book history of the 17th to 19th century.
My research interests center on Japanese woodblock print culture of the 17th to 19th centuries and especially on woodblock-printed children’s books from this period. I have studied and translated children’s picturebooks of 18th century Japan. I am also interested in the intersections between children’s literature and textbooks of this time.
I am teaching courses in Japanese language and Japanese children's culture. In Fall 2014, I will be offering a new course related to book studies, EALC 245: "The Book in East Asia: from the Beginning to World War II." The class will look at the emergence of text and print technologies in China, Japan, and Korea. We plan to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to see rare books. We'll also try our hands at making Japanese paper.
Because of my interest in Japanese book history, I have been involved in surveying and cataloging rare Japanese books at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and I have studied kuzushiji, a cursive style of calligraphy common in Japanese books from the 17th and 18th century.