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Alessandro Bianchi

Alessandro Bianchi

PhD Student, Japanese Studies


I completed my Bachelor and Master’s degree in Japanese Studies at Ca’ Foscari University (Venice) and have spent one full academic year in Japan at Keiō University. During my MA I received training in reading Japanese wood-block print calligraphic texts and collaborated in cataloguing the Marega Collection (Università Pontificia Salesiana, Rome). My Master’s thesis focused on a pre-modern prose text, Yōjōkyōkun ishadangi 養生教訓医者談義 (1759), characterised by a mélange of entertaining narrative and practical information about Chinese traditional medicine.

Subject groups/Research projects

Japanese Studies:

Research Interests

For my doctoral thesis I am investigating instances of political satire in late eighteenth centurygesaku 戯作 writings, with a major focus on dangibon 談義本, sharebon 洒落本 and kibyōshi 黄表紙.

Japanese pre-modern literature, History of book in Japan and Europe, Writing systems and palaeography, Chinese medicine.

Key Publications

Alessandro Bianchi and Machi Senjurō. “Nagasawa Dōju Yabui mondō kaidai to honkoku” 長沢道寿『藪医問答』解題と翻刻. Nihon ishigaku zasshi 日本医史学雑誌 56:1 (March 2010), pp. 136-106.