Historical Dictionary Of Japanese Traditional Theatre by Samuel L. LeiterHistorical Dictionary Of Japanese Traditional Theatre by Samuel L. Leiter

Historical Dictionary Of Japanese Traditional Theatre

bySamuel L. Leiter

Hardcover | October 30, 2014

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This updated edition of Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre adds well over 200 plot summaries, representing each form. The dictionary contains a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1500 cross-referenced entries on important terminology used in Japanese theatre, brief biographies of the leading artists and writers, and plot summaries of the most significant plays. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Japanese Theatre.
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.
Title:Historical Dictionary Of Japanese Traditional TheatreFormat:HardcoverDimensions:814 pages, 9.19 × 6.55 × 2.45 inPublished:October 30, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442239107

ISBN - 13:9781442239104

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword Jon WoronoffPreface ChronologyIntroductionTHE DICTIONARY Appendix A: Play Title Translations Appendix B: Simplified Table of Japanese Historical PeriodsGlossaryBibliographyAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

The Historical Dictionary of Traditional Japanese Theatre is a densely rich resource with an acute focus on the four classical genres of no, kyogen, bunraku, and kabuki. . . .The subject is hard to penetrate and all the more intimidating for a novice to the Japanese language; however, Mr. Leiter does an admirable job of carefully demystifying the evolution of terms and word origins. He has a deft sense for charting the ebb and flow of fashions over time and updated this edition so that it includes modern innovations such as the introduction of female performers and the melding of genres. This dictionary is appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate researchers and would be a solid addition to any reference collection that covers the humanities in general and theatre specifically.