Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

EditorKaren BrazellTranslated byJames T. Araki

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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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National Book Award-winning translator and scholar Karen Brazell presents the first comprehensive gathering in a single volume of the most celebrated plays in all the important genres of traditional Japanese theater. This unique collection contains 200 figures that illustrate this powerful form. It also includes a complete glossary, cr...

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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 co...

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 ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 6.88 × 9.75 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Columbia University Press

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ISBN - 10:0231108729

ISBN - 13:9780231108720

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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

From Our Editors

National Book Award-winning translator and scholar Karen Brazell presents the first comprehensive gathering in a single volume of the most celebrated plays in all the important genres of traditional Japanese theater. This unique collection contains 200 figures that illustrate this powerful form. It also includes a complete glossary, cross-referenced with the illustrations, to provide clear explanations of technical terms. 200 illustrations

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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.



A strong, comprehensive, and enormously important publication.