PAM on Campus: The Triumph of Calligraphy over Typography

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), East Asian Library Seminar Room (Doheny Memorial Library Room 110C)
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

In this lecture, Dr. Ellis Tinios will consider the conjunction of linguistic, technological and economic factors that lead to the adoption of xylography rather typography for book production in early modern Japan. He will then examine the impact of that choice on book design. Particular attention will be paid to the cultivation of the aesthetics of script in print and to the integration of text and image. The lecture is addressed to all who are interested in the history of the book, book production, book design and the book as art.

Dr. Tinios lives in the UK. He is a Research Associate of the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto and Special Assistant to the Japanese Section at the British Museum. His publications include Understanding Japanese woodblock-printed illustrated books with Prof Suzuki Jun (Brill) and Japanese Prints: Ukiyo-e in Edo (British Museum Press).

Hosted and supported by USC Libraries.

Event Type

Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus






Pacific Asia Museum
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