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A History of Japanese Theatre

A History of Japanese Theatre

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Edited by Jonah Salz
Cambridge University Press, 7/14/2016
EAN 9781107034242, ISBN10: 1107034248

Hardcover, 589 pages, 25.3 x 18.2 x 3.2 cm
Language: English

Japan boasts one of the world's oldest, most vibrant and most influential performance traditions. This accessible and complete history provides a comprehensive overview of Japanese theatre and its continuing global influence. Written by eminent international scholars, it spans the full range of dance-theatre genres over the past fifteen hundred years, including noh theatre, bunraku puppet theatre, kabuki theatre, shingeki modern theatre, rakugo storytelling, vanguard butoh dance and media experimentation. The first part addresses traditional genres, their historical trajectories and performance conventions. Part II covers the spectrum of new genres since Meiji (1868–), and Parts III to VI provide discussions of playwriting, architecture, Shakespeare, and interculturalism, situating Japanese elements within their global theatrical context. Beautifully illustrated with photographs and prints, this history features interviews with key modern directors, an overview of historical scholarship in English and Japanese, and a timeline. A further reading list covers a range of multimedia resources to encourage further explorations.

Foreword James R. Brandon
Timeline Rachel Payne
Editor's introduction Jonah Salz
Part I. Traditional Theatres
Preface to Part I Laurence Kominz
1. Ancient and early medieval performing arts Terauchi Naoko
Interlude
katari narrative traditions
from storytelling to theatre Alison Tokita
2. Noh and Muromachi culture Shinko Kagaya and Miura Hiroko
Interlude
noh and kyogen costumes and masks Monica Bethe
3. Kyogen
classical comedy Jonah Salz
Interlude
iemoto
the family head system Eric C. Rath
4. Kabuki
superheroes and femmes fatales Julie Iezzi
Interlude
nihonbuyô
classical dance Paul Griffith and Okada Mariko
Interlude
Okinawan theatre
boundary of Japanese theatre Suzuki Masae
5. Bunraku
puppet theatre Goto Shizuo
Interlude
misemono and rakugo
sideshows and storytelling Matthew W. Shores
Interlude
kamigata geinō
Kyoto-Osaka style Gondo Yoshikazu
Interlude
traditional theatre tomorrow
interview with Takemoto Mikio Shinko Kagaya
Part II. Modern Theatres
Preface to Part II Brian Powell
6. Birth of modern theatre
Shimpa and shingeki Brian Powell
Interlude
new comedy, Asakusa opera, OSK musicals Nakano Masaaki
Interlude
Takarazuka
all-girls' revue and musicals Yamanashi Makiko
7. Rise of shingeki
western-style theatre Guohe Zheng
Interlude
manzai and yoshimoto comedy vaudeville Joel Stocker
8. Wartime colonial and traditional theatre Samuel L. Leiter
Interlude
kami-shibai
picture-card storytelling Washitani Hana
9. Maturing shingeki theatre Guohe Zheng
Interlude
post-war musicals and commercial theatre Kevin Wetmore
10. Sixties theatre Kan Takayuki
Interlude
butoh
dance of darkness and light Bruce Baird
11. Contemporary theatre M. Cody Poulton
Interlude
Tokyo
world theatre capital Iwaki Kyoko
Interlude
charting Tokyo theatre today
24 November 2012 Iwaki Kyoko
Interlude
modern theatre tomorrow
interview with Hirata Oriza Iwaki Kyoko
Part III. Arcs and Patterns
12. Pre-modern playwriting practices Laurence Kominz
13. Traditional meta-patterns Jonah Salz
14. Modern drama as literature J. Thomas Rimer
15. Modern meta-patterns Mari Boyd
Interlude
Dōjōji
the lady and the bell Laurence Kominz
Part IV. Theatre Architecture
Preface to Part IV Jonah Salz
16. Pre-modern patterns of spectatorship and space Shimizu Hiroyuki
17. Modernization of theatrical space, 1868–1940 Samuel L. Leiter and Nagai Satoko
18. Post-war theatres
development and diversification Otsuki Atsushi
Interlude
national theatres and funding Barbara E. Thornbury
Part V. Theatre Criticism
19. Practitioner principles, Zeami to Chikamatsu William Lee
20. Pre-modern criticism, research, and training Nakano Masaaki
21. English language scholarship
a critical overview David Jortner
Interlude
university scholarship and training Nakano Masaaki
Part VI. Intercultural Influences
22. Seven stages of Shakespeare reception Daniel Gallimore and Minami Ryuta
23. Traditional training internationally Jonah Salz
24. Intercultural theatre
fortuitous encounters Jonah Salz
Interlude
early influence from Europe Yoshihara Yukari
Interlude
interview with Ninagawa Yukio
Asian energy vs. European rationality Mika Eglinton
Epilogue
frozen words and mythology Eugenio Barba.