A Kabuki Reader: History and Performance

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Samuel L. Leiter
M.E. Sharpe, 2002 - History - 430 pages
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Unique in any Western language, this is an invaluable resource for the study of one of the world's great theatrical forms. It includes essays by established experts on Kabuki as well as younger scholars now entering the field, and provides a comprehensive survey of the history of Kabuki; how it is written, produced, staged, and performed; and its place in world theater. Compiled by the editor of the influential Asian Theater Journal, the book covers the four essential areas -- history, performance, theaters, and plays -- and includes a translation of one Kabuki play as an illustration of Kabuki techniques.
  

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Contents

Origins of Kabuki Acting in Medieval Japanese Drama
16
Bakufu Versus Kabuki
33
Nakamura Shichisaburo I and the Creation of EdoStyle Wagoto
60
Episodes in the Career of the Kabuki Actor Nakamura
76
EighteenthCentury Kabuki and Its Patrons
88
Nineteenth Century
112
The 1878 Opening of the Shintomiza
123
18681900
152
Signs Symbols and the Hieroglyphic Actor
238
Communicating the Power
253
Conjuring Kuzunoha from the World of Abe no Seimei
269
A Japanese Puppet Play
284
Kabuki and the Elizabethan Theatre
329
Changes and Prospects An International Symposium
343
A Critical Survey of Japanese
359
Selected Bibliography
391

A Contradiction in Terms?
167
New Neo Kabuki and the Work of Hanagumi Shibai
186
Kabuki Performance
209
Their Multiple Interrelationships
230
About the Editor and Contributors
399
Index
405
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

SAMUEL L. LEITER is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. A specialist in Japanese theatre, he is the former editor of Asian Theatre Journal. His many books include New Kabuki Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 1997).

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