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A History of Japanese Theatre

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James R. Brandon, Rachel Payne, Jonah Salz, Laurence Kominz, Terauchi Naoko, William Lee, Alison Tokita, Shinko Kagaya, Miura Hiroko, Eike Grossmann, Shelley Fenno Quinn, Barbara Geilhorn, Diego Pellecchia, Monica Bethe, Sekiya Toshihiko, Eric C. Rath, Julie Iezzi, Samuel L. Leiter, C. Andrew Gerstle, Katherine Saltzman-Li, Mark Oshima, Paul Griffith, Okada Mariko, Suzuki Masae, Goto Shizuo, Alan Cummings, Matthew W. Shores, Gondo Yoshikazu, Brian Powell, Daniel Gallimore, Christina Nygren, Nakano Masaaki, Yamanashi Makiko, Guohe Zheng, Joel Stocker, Hong Seunyong, Matthew Isaac Cohen, Washitani Hana, Kevin Wetmore, Kan Takayuki, David Jortner, Carol Sorgenfrei, Yukihiro Goto, Bruce Baird, M. Cody Poulton, Mika Eglinton, Iwaki Kyoko, J. Thomas Rimer, Mari Boyd, Shimizu Hiroyuki, Nagai Satoko, Otsuki Atsushi, Barbara E. Thornbury, Minami Ryuta, Ikeuchi Yasuko, Yoshihara Yukari, Eugenio Barba
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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034242

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  • 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.

    • Contains chapters on major genres, as well as shorter spotlight and focus boxes covering less well-known genres and individuals
    • Contributions from Japanese scholars, many translated into English for the first time, offer new contextual insights
    • Includes discussions of dance, folk, and popular culture genres often ignored in Western definitions of theatre
    • Chapters on shamisen, costumes, architecture, and national theatres provide a cultural and contextual grounding for theatrical genres in affiliated arts and institutions
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    Awards

    • Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… a massive undertaking and a much-needed addition to current scholarship on Japanese theater … this is a wonderful overview of a rich theatrical world, a book with something for both specialists and generalists …' C. Lanki, Choice

    'A History of Japanese Theatre edited by the kyôgen scholar Jonah Salz is a comprehensive reference book covering the development of the major classical, modern and contemporary theatres in Japan … Working with a team of eight contributing editors and fifty-eight individual contributors, Salz has produced a diversely situated guide to theatre in Japan that is more comprehensive than any previous volume of this kind … A History of Japanese Theatre is a considerable achievement. It features detailed yet succinct discussions on the key forms and periods of theatre and, through interludes, it opens the reader to diverse commentaries and reflections. It offers key examples and discussions of representative works that expand our understanding and will be helpful in teaching. I especially enjoy the diversity of approaches that offer a way to think about history in the plural.' Peter Eckersall, Forthcoming Asian Theatre Journal

    'There have been numerous articles and books on Japanese theatre, but this is the book to own. Even if Japanese theatre is not an individual’s area of research, the reader will value this book’s interesting presentations of the development of performance, and the relationship between performance and society. If Japanese theatre is one’s primary research area, the reader will be delighted with the depth and breadth found in A History of Japanese Theatre.' Deidre Onishi, Theatre Topics

    'The accessibility of information, the breadth of coverage, and the variations in style make this an ideal reference work for anyone seeking to comprehend the basics (and then some) of the Japanese dramatic tradition.' Erik R. Lofgren, Japanese Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034242
    • length: 589 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 182 x 32 mm
    • weight: 1.3kg
    • contains: 69 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editor

    Jonah Salz, Ryukoku University, Japan
    Jonah Salz is Professor of Comparative Theatre in the Department of International Studies at Ryukoku University, Japan. As director of the Noho Theatre Group (established 1981) he works with noh and ky gen actors to interpret texts by Shakespeare, Yeats and Beckett, successfully touring the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Avignon Theatre Festival, and throughout the US and Japan. A programme director for Traditional Theatre Training, he organises an intensive programme to teach noh, ky gen and nihonbuyo dance to Japanese and foreign artists and scholars. He has published numerous articles and translations as a leading scholar of ky gen comedy and Japanese interculturalism and has reviewed theatre and dance performances for three decades for English newspapers and monthly magazines in Japan.

    Contributors

    James R. Brandon, Rachel Payne, Jonah Salz, Laurence Kominz, Terauchi Naoko, William Lee, Alison Tokita, Shinko Kagaya, Miura Hiroko, Eike Grossmann, Shelley Fenno Quinn, Barbara Geilhorn, Diego Pellecchia, Monica Bethe, Sekiya Toshihiko, Eric C. Rath, Julie Iezzi, Samuel L. Leiter, C. Andrew Gerstle, Katherine Saltzman-Li, Mark Oshima, Paul Griffith, Okada Mariko, Suzuki Masae, Goto Shizuo, Alan Cummings, Matthew W. Shores, Gondo Yoshikazu, Brian Powell, Daniel Gallimore, Christina Nygren, Nakano Masaaki, Yamanashi Makiko, Guohe Zheng, Joel Stocker, Hong Seunyong, Matthew Isaac Cohen, Washitani Hana, Kevin Wetmore, Kan Takayuki, David Jortner, Carol Sorgenfrei, Yukihiro Goto, Bruce Baird, M. Cody Poulton, Mika Eglinton, Iwaki Kyoko, J. Thomas Rimer, Mari Boyd, Shimizu Hiroyuki, Nagai Satoko, Otsuki Atsushi, Barbara E. Thornbury, Minami Ryuta, Ikeuchi Yasuko, Yoshihara Yukari, Eugenio Barba

    Awards

    • Winner, 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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