A. (Aafke) van Ewijk

Position:
  • PhD student
Expertise:
  • Asian Studies


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1350
E-Mail: a.van.ewijk@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.06a
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1350
E-Mail: a.van.ewijk@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 1.06a


Fields of interest

Early modern Japanese literature and visual culture, cultural memory

PhD research

Representations of Minamoto no Yoshitsune in Visual Culture and Literature: Cultural Memory in Late Edo and Meiji Japan

Supervisors: Prof. dr. Ivo Smits, Dr. Ewa Machotka.

My project examines changes in late eighteenth and nineteenth-century representations of the legendary twelfth-century general Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) and how they reflect not only developments in themes of representation, but also changes in the focus of early modern and modern Japan’s cultural memory in a century of great change and modernization.
The Yoshitsune legend can tell us of how Edo period (visual) culture underwent the Westernizing influences of the Meiji period. Important elements in this process were the ‘forgetting’ of Edo period (1600-1868) readings of Yoshitsune, the (re)discovery of ‘original’ sources as works of literature (such as Gikeiki, ‘Chronicle of Yoshitsune’, 15th c.), and notions about a Western type of hero. I aim to analyse these processes of ‘forgetting’ and rediscovery, by reconstructing the early modern legends and iconography concerning the Yoshitsune legends, such as the non-canonical ‘Ezo legend’, in which Yoshitsune would have conquered Hokkaido and ruled over the indigenous people, the Ainu.

CV

Education:

M.A. (cum laude) Area Studies: Asia and the Middle East (research), Leiden University, 2013.
B.A. Japanese Language and Culture, Leiden University, 2011.
B.Des. Art and Communication Design, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Enschede, 2007.  

Grants

- MEXT Scholarship (Japanese Ministry of Education), 2014-2016
- MEXT Scholarship, 2010-2011

Last Modified: 11-12-2015