A History of Japanese Theatre by Jonah Salz

By Jonah Salz

Japan boasts one of many world's oldest, such a lot bright and such a lot influential functionality traditions. This available and entire heritage offers a finished assessment of eastern theatre and its carrying on with worldwide impression. Written through eminent foreign students, it spans the entire diversity of dance-theatre genres during the last fifteen hundred years, together with noh theatre, bunraku puppet theatre, kabuki theatre, shingeki smooth theatre, rakugo storytelling, leading edge butoh dance and media experimentation. the 1st half addresses conventional genres, their old trajectories and function conventions. half II covers the spectrum of latest genres given that Meiji (1868–), and elements III to VI supply discussions of playwriting, structure, Shakespeare, and interculturalism, situating eastern components inside of their international theatrical context. superbly illustrated with images and prints, this heritage gains interviews with key smooth administrators, an summary of ancient scholarship in English and eastern, and a timeline. yet another analyzing record covers a number multimedia assets to motivate additional explorations.

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