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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 

Current Research

Dr Laura Moretti
Dr Laura Moretti's research focusses on early modern Japanese popular literature and culture. Dr Moretti's projects are inherently interdisiplinary, placed at the intersection of literature, art history, book history, textual scholarship, and palaeography. Working with both books and visual media, including woodblock prints and board games, and combining rigorous close reading of a wide range of archival materials with bold intellectual arguments, Dr Moretti's research challenges our understanding of literature and wishes to retrieve textual traditions that have been silenced after the encounter of Japanese literature with "modernity". Dr Moretti's research covers a wide span of time, moving from the seventeenth to the late nineteenth century.