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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Start date : 
October, 2021
Thesis Topic: 
Exploring a Uniquely Portable Magic: A Cognitive approach to Japanese Reading Materials for Children
Research Summary: 
This research investigates a selection of 'mamehon', commercially printed ‘picturebooks’ packaged for children from late Edo period to early Meiji period, in order to explore how these texts functioned as cognitive tools for enculturation and socialisation within the social context. By focusing on the study of the epistemic, entertaining and educational function of these texts, Tian intends to foster a better understanding of children and childhood in the late Edo period and the Meiji period.