Kabuki Plays on Stage: Darkness and desire, 1804-1864

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James R. Brandon, Samuel L. Leiter
University of Hawaiʻi Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Drama - 416 pages
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Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864, is the third volume in a monumental new series - the first collection of kabuki play translations to be published in nearly a quarter of a century. Fifty-one plays, published in four volumes, vividly trace kabuki's changing relations to Japanese society during the premodern era. The fourteen plays translated in Volume 3, Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864, mark an extreme point in the development of kabuki dramaturgy. The plays are remarkable, even within kabuki, for their intense theatricality, gutsy individualism of character, cold-blooded and ferocious violence, realism pushed into fantasy and grotesquery, novelty for its own sake, sexual aggressiveness, and assertion of female will. The plays depict a society in extremis, the end of an era, a time often marked by unmitigated darkness and desire.

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Contents

GLOSSARY
357
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
379
LIST OF PLAYS BY VOLUME
396
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

James R. Brandon is emeritus professor of Asian theater at the University of Hawai'i.

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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