Japanese No Dramas by Royall VariousJapanese No Dramas by Royall Various

Japanese No Dramas

byRoyall VariousTranslated byRoyall Tyler

Paperback | June 1, 1993

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Japanese noh theatre or the drama of "perfected art" flourished in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries largely through the genius of the dramatist Zeami. An intricate fusion of music, dance, mask, costume and language, the dramas address many subjects, but the idea of "form" is more central than 'meaning' and their structure is always ritualized. Selected for their literary merit, the twenty-four plays in this volume dramatize such ideas as the relationship between men and the gods, brother and sister, parent and child, lover and beloved, and the power of greed and desire. Revered in Japan as a cultural treasure, the spiritual and sensuous beauty of these works has been a profound influence for English-speaking artists including W. B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and Benjamin Britten.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Royall Tyler was born in London, England, and grew up in Massachusetts, England, Washington D.C., and Paris. He has a B.A. in Far Eastern Languages from Harvard, and an M.A. in Japanese History and Ph. D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University. He has taught Japanese language and culture at, among other places, Ohio State Univ...
Title:Japanese No DramasFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.75 × 5.09 × 0.89 inPublished:June 1, 1993Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140445390

ISBN - 13:9780140445398

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Royall Tyler

Japanese Names and the Pronunciation of Japanese
General Introduction
List of Terms Used in the Stage Directions
Plan of the No Stage
Ama: The Diver
Aya no tsuzumi: The Damask Drum
Funa Benkei: Benkei Aboard Ship
Hagoromo: The Feather Mantle
Hanjo: Lady Han
Izutsu: The Well-Cradle
Kasuga ryujin: The Kasuga Dragon God
Kinuta: The Fulling Block
Matsukaze: Pining Wind
Nonomiya: The Wildwood Shrine
Saigyo-zakura: Saigyo's Cherry Tree
Seki-dera Komachi: Komachi at Seki-Dera
Sumida-gawa: The Sumida River
Yamamba: The Mountain Crone
Bibliography and Comments on Texts Translated

From Our Editors

Japanese No, or Noh drama, is a classical form combining elements of dance, drama, music and poetry and placing it into one fluid piece of stage art. Based largely in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, it is an art performed mainly by men and passed down from generation to generation. Japanese No Dramas compiles 24 plays chosen to best represent the richness of No as literature and as a deeply spiritual and sensuous art rooted in Buddhism. Accompanying notes and stage directions make this an essential introduction to a beautiful and aesthetic tradition.