Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre

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"Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre explores all four forms of traditional theatre of Japan: no, kyogen, bunraku, and kabuki. International tours of each form have become commonplace, allowing audiences everywhere to broaden their understanding of theatrical possibilities and inspiring artists to infuse their works with ideas sparked by Japanese conventions. Because of the interest generated by increased familiarity with these traditions - along with a multitude of general and specialized publications that investigate and
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"Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre explores all four forms of traditional theatre of Japan: no, kyogen, bunraku, and kabuki. International tours of each form have become commonplace, allowing audiences everywhere to broaden their understanding of theatrical possibilities and inspiring artists to infuse their works with ideas sparked by Japanese conventions. Because of the interest generated by increased familiarity with these traditions - along with a multitude of general and specialized publications that investigate and describe them - a need for a work that provides immediate access to specific information regarding many concepts, terms, and individuals has developed." Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre fills this need, providing information on nearly every aspect of Japanese theatre, including actors, theatres, companies, makeup, costumes, masks, theories, training, music, and religion. The dictionary offers criticism through hundreds of entries, a general introduction, a chronology, and a special glossary of terms mentioned in the text, all of which is supplemented with an extensive bibliography of English-language Japanese theatre books, articles, and websites.
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vol. 38 (2007) American Reference Books Annual
Leiter's work reflects his deep knowledge....recommended....
Asian Theatre Journal
...excellent....The author should be commended for recognizing the need for a dictionary of Japanese traditional theater terms and having the patience and perseverance to compile such a compendium....I will be sending my own students to this wonderful reference book.
Reference and Research Book News
Leiter (theater, City U. of New York-Brooklyn College) considers the four principal traditional, or classical, genres of Japanese theater: nô and kyôgen, which emerged in the 14th century; and bunraki and kabuki, which began at the beginning of the Edo era, 1603-1868. His introduction includes brief histories of each. The articles discuss playwrights, actors, theaters, plays, movements, and other aspects. An appendix translates play titles.
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Meet the Author

Samuel L. Leiter is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author and/or editor of 26 books on Japanese theatre, New York theatre, the great stage directors, and Shakespeare.
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Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword Jon Woronoff
Preface
Chronology
Introduction
THE DICTIONARY
Appendix A: Play Title Translations
Appendix B: Simplified Table of Japanese Historical Periods
Glossary
Bibliography
About the Author
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