We are delighted to share the news that two recent titles in the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute book series, Christopher Rea’s The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China and Federico Marcon’s The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan, have been recognized for their outstanding scholarship by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).
Christopher Rea’s The Age of Irreverence received the AAS’s 2017 Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize (China). Published by the University of California Press, the book examines how, during the time from the 1890s to the 1930s, people in China created new definitions of what was considered funny. Please click here read a Q&A about the book with Dr. Rea, a Columbia PhD who is Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature at the University of British Columbia.
Federico Marcon’s The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan received Honorable Mention for the AAS’s 2017 John Whitney Hall Book Prize (Japan). The book, published by the University of Chicago Press, recounts how Japanese scholars developed a sophisticated discipline of natural history analogous to Europe’s but created independently. Please click here to read a Q&A about the book with Dr. Marcon, a Columbia PhD who is Associate Professor of Japanese History at Princeton University.
Congratulations to both Professor Rea and Professor Marcon!