Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays / Edition 1

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Overview

This is a collection of the most important genres of Japanese performance--noh, kyogen, kabuki, and bamrili puppet theater--in one comprehensive, authoritative volume. Organized by genre, each section features a rich selection of representative plays and explorations into each theatrical style and is prefaced by an illustrative essay covering a wide range of subjects, from stage direction to musical accompaniment. With classic and new translations of more than thirty plays and scenes--along with Brazell's detailed, historically rich supplementary material and copious illustrations--no better anthology exists for students of this most fascinating and diverse dramatic tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Asian Studies - Jonah Salz

A collection of translations of traditional Japanese plays that will become the standard textbook for courses on Japanese theater. A compact introduction, rich variety of fine translations of representative plays, detailed stage directions, and extensive photographs make this an ideal teacher's tool.

The Journal of Asian Studies
A collection of translations of traditional Japanese plays that will become the standard textbook for courses on Japanese theater. A compact introduction, rich variety of fine translations of representative plays, detailed stage directions, and extensive photographs make this an ideal teacher's tool.

— Jonah Salz

The Drama Review

Promises to become a classic.

Richard Schechner
A strong, comprehensive, and enormously important publication.
Japan Times
The glory of Japanese traditional theater...is here re-created in book form as perfectly as it can be.
Drama Review
Promises to become a classic.
Jonah Salz
A compact introduction, rich variety of fine translations of representative plays, detailed stage directions, and extensive photographs make this an ideal teacher's tool...This is not only a fine anthology, but the only anthology of its kind.
Booknews
Presents 30 plays spanning 600 years, from the traditions of the noh, kyogen, puppet, and kabuki theaters. Three essays explain the elements of the various types of theater. Each play is accompanied by an introduction which explains the history and source of story of each work. Numerous photos are included to give the reader a sense of the look of performances. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231108737
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/1999
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Brazell is a professor in the department of East Asian Studies at Cornell University and is the winner of the National Book Award for her translation of The Confessions of Lady Nijo. She is also editor of Twelve Plays of the No and Kyogen Theaters, and coauthor, with Monica Bethe, of No as Performance and the three-volume Dance in the No Theater.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Part I. An Introduction to Traditional Japanese Theater Japanese Theater: A Living TraditionHistorical PerspectivesGeneral CharacteristicsThe StagesFour Figures of the Thunder God: The Major GenresNoh: KamoKyogen: ThunderboltKabuki: "Saint Narukami Scene"Bunraku: "Mount Tenpai" and "Tumult in the Palace"Part II. The Noh and Kyogen Theaters Elements of PerformanceNoh PlaysAtsumori, by by ZeamiIzutsu, by by ZeamiMiideraShunkanDok okiYamamba, by by ZeamiKyogen PlaysTwo DaimyoDelicious PoisonMushroomsThe SnailSickly StomachKanoakaCicadaOther Traditions: Kowaka, by Kurokawa Noh, Mibu KyogenKowaka verison of AtsumoriPart III. The Puppet and Kabuki Theaters Elements of PerformancePlays from the Bunraku Puppet Theater"The Beach at Hirado" and "The Bamboo Forest of a Thousand Languages, by " by ChikamatsuAmijima, by by Chikamatsu"Travel Scene" by Izumo II, by Shoraku, and Senryu"Farmhouse Scene" from ChushinguraThe Awaji Puppet TraditionSambasoThe Miracle of the Tsubosaka KannonPlays from the Kabuki Theater"Shunkan: The Devil Island Scene" by Chikamatsu"Suma Bay" by SenryuYotsuya Ghost Stories, Act Three"The Hamamatsuya Scene"Musumu Dojoji

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