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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Medieval and Early Modern Gardens - Week Two

Online, Anna-Rose Shack

The session today is presented by Anna-Rose Shack. Anna-Rose is a first-year PhD student in the Department of English at Durham University and also works part-time in Durham Cathedral’s Open Treasure Museum. While her PhD research is focussed on individualism in Elizabethan love poetry, her talk today is on Japanese gardens in the Heian period (794-1185 AD). By looking at several key texts such as the Sakuteiki which was one of the world’s first aesthetic gardening manuals, and The Tale of Genji, an 11th century novel, this talk will highlight key features of Heian gardens, as well as drawing attention to the significant relationship between gardens, poetry and court romance in this period.