Masterpieces of Kabuki: Eighteen Plays on Stage

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The 18 plays were selected as most outstanding from the 51 translated in the four-volume Kabuki Plays On Stage (2002-03). They represent the entire spectrum of the Japanese dramatic genre from 1697 to 1905, the period during which its dramaturgy flourished before the onset of Western dramatic influence. Texts, introductions, and occasional performance photographs are included. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824827885
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Just a minute! 16
The stone-cutting feat of Kajiwara : from the plum-blossom reins of Miura no Osuke 34
Summer festival : mirror of Osaka 56
Japan's twenty-four paragons of filial piety 80
The precious incense and autumn flowers of Sendai 100
The revenge at Tengajaya 118
A message of love from Yamato 140
The picture book of the Taiko 158
The scandalous love of Osome and Hisamatsu 180
Kasane : from a surplice-hanging pine and the sharp sword of Narita 198
Masakado : from filial love at the abandoned Soma Palace 212
The tale of the martyr of Sakura 224
The three Kichisas and the New Year's first visit to the pleasure quarters 242
The woman student : from the widow's peak shaped like Mount Fuji, the lush greenery of Mount Tsukuba 256
The fishmonger Sogoro : from moonlit umbrella at the Dish Palace, new version 278
The dropped robe 294
The mirror lion, a spring diversion 310
A sinking moon over the lonely castle where the cuckoo cries 322
Glossary 337
Selected bibliography 343
Contributors 347
Index 349
List of plays in Kabuki Plays on Stage 354
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