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.
Columbia University Press
The first book of its kind: a collection of the most important genres of Japanese performancenoh, kyogen, kabuki, and puppet theaterin one comprehensive, authoritative volume.
Promises to become a classic.
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Title: Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays
Author: Karen Brazell
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Date Published: April 1999
Edition: 1st Edition
Table of Contents:
|Pt. 1||An Introduction to Traditional Japanese Theater|
|Japanese Theater: A Living Tradition||3|
|Mount Tempai and Tumult in the Palace||95|
|Pt. 2||The Noh and Kyogen Theaters|
|Elements of Performance||115|
|Two Daimyo (Futari daimyo)||226|
|The Delicious Poison (Busu)||235|
|The Snail (Kagyu)||255|
|The "Sickley" Stomach (Kamabara)||267|
|The Cicada (Semi)||284|
|Other Performance Traditions||292|
|Pt. 3||The Puppet and Kabuki Theaters|
|Elements of Performance||303|
|The Battles of Coxinga||314|
|The Love Suicides at Amijima (Shinju Ten no Amijima)||333|
|The First Note of Spring||364|
|At the Farmhouse||376|
|The Awaji Tradition||393|
|The Song of Sambaso (Sambaso jiutai)||398|
|The Miracle of the Tsubosaka Kannon||408|
|Shunkan on Devil Island||418|
|Yotsuya Ghost Stories||456|
|The Hamamatsu-ya Scene||484|
|A Maiden at Dojoji (Musume Dojoji)||506|
|Glossary of Theatrical Terminology and Index to Illustrations||525|
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.
The Journal of Asian StudiesA 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 SchechnerA strong, comprehensive, and enormously important publication.
Japan TimesThe glory of Japanese traditional theater...is here re-created in book form as perfectly as it can be.
Drama ReviewPromises to become a classic.
Jonah SalzA 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.
BooknewsPresents 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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