Professor Timon Screech
MA(Oxon) MA PhD(Harvard)
Professor of the History of Art
Professor of the History of Art
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Member, Centre for Gender Studies
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
- Professor Timon Screech
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Professor Timon Screech - The Cargo of the New Year’s Gift: Paintings from London for Asian Rulers, 1615
- Popular Practice in the Edo Period Arts
- Shogunal Iconography in the Edo Period
- The Visual Culture of Eighteenth-Century Japan
PhD Students supervised
- Doreen Mueller, Documenting Disaster: Pictorial Records of the Edo Period
- Lesley Pullen, The Representation of Textiles on Javanese Sculpture: 9th to 14th century
- Radu Leca, The Backward Glance: Concepts of 'outside' and 'other' in the Japanese spatial imaginary of the seventeenth century
- Terumi Toyama, The Replication of Sacred Spaces in Edo
Timon Screech's main current research is related to the history of the English East India Company in Japan, and especially its dealings in works of art. He is book on the subject, The Cargo of the New Year's Gift: Paintings from London for Asian Rulers, 1615, is now reaching completion. He is also studying the deification of the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and the cult established for him at Nikko. His major study of the arts of the early-modern period, Obtaining Images, Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan, was published in 2012.
Timon Screech received a BA in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Oxford University in 1985 and completed his PH.D in Art History at Harvard University in 1991. He has been at SOAS since graduation from Harvard. He has published widely on many aspects of Edo period art and culture, and has written several books in Japanese and English. He has also been visiting professor of Art History at the University of Chicago, and guest researcher at Gakushuin and Waseda Universities in Tokyo. He was elected to a Chair in the History of Art in 2006.
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Screech, Timon (2011) Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan. London & Honolulu: Reaktion Books & Hawaii University Press.
Screech, Timon (2011) Oranda ga tôru: ningen kôryô no edo bijutsushi [The Dutch Are Passing: Edo Art and Human Interactions]. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.
Screech, Timon (2009) Ningen kôryû no edo bijutsushi [Ningen kôryû no edo bijutsushi [Edo art and the exchange of persons]]. Tokyo: Tokyo Univ Press. (Forthcoming)
Screech, Timon (2009) Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Imagery in Japan, 1720-1810. 2nd ed. London: Reaktion Books.
Screech, Timon (2007) Edo no ôbushin: Tokugawa toshi keikaku no shigaku. [The Great Building of Edo: Poetics and Planning in the Tokugawa Metropolis]. Kodansha.
Screech, Timon (2006) Edo no igirisu netsu [Britain in the Edo Period]. Kodansha.
Screech, Timon (2002) The Lens within the Heart: the Western scientific gaze and popular imagery in later Edo Japan. Richmond: Curzon. (2nd revised ed.)
Screech, Timon (2000) The Shogun''s Painted Culture: Fear and Creativity in the Japanese States, 1760 - 1829. Reaktion Books (London).
Screech, Timon (1997) Edo no karada o hiraku (Opening the Edo Body). Tokyo: Sakuhinsha.
Edited Books or Journal Volumes
Screech, Timon, ed. (2006) Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns. Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822. London: Routledge.
Screech, Timon, ed. (2005) Japan Extolled and Decried: Carl Peter Thunberg and Japan, 1775-1796. London: Routledge.
Screech, Timon (2007) 'Owning Edo-Period Paintings.' In: Lillehoj, Elizabeth, (ed.), Acquisition: Art and Ownership in Edo-Period Japan. Warren, CT: Floating World Editions.
Screech, Timon (2006) 'Going to the Courtesans: Transit to the Pleasure District of Edo Japan.' In: Feldman, Martha and Gordon, Bonnie, (eds.), The Courtesan’s Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Screech, Timon (2003) 'Sex and Consumerism in Edo Japan.' In: Lloyd, Fran, (ed.), Consuming Bodies: Sex and Consumerism in Japanese Contemporary Art. Reaktion Books (London), pp. 6-34.
Screech, Timon (2001) 'The visual legacy of Dodonaeus in botanical and Human Categorisation.' In: F, W and Kasaya, K, (eds.), Dodonaeus in Japan: Translation and the Scientific Mind in Tokugawa Japan. Leuven University Press (Belgium), pp. 219-240.
Screech, Timon (2001) 'The Birth of the Anatomical Body.' In: Rousmaniere, N, (ed.), Births and Rebirths in Japanese Art. Hotei Press (Leiden), pp. 83-140.
Screech, Timon (2005) '"Pictures (the Most Part Bawdy)": The Anglo-Japanese Painting Trade in the Early 1600s.' The Art Bulletin, 87 (1). pp. 50-72.
Screech, Timon (1994) 'The Meaning of Western Perspective in Edo Popular Culture.' Archives of Asian Art, 47 . pp. 58-69.
Screech, Timon (1993) 'The Strangest Place in Edo: the Temple of the Five-Hundred Arhats.' Monumenta nipponica, 48 (4). pp. 407-428.