Kabuki Plays On-Stage: Villainy and Vengeance, 1773-1799

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University of Hawaii Press, 2002 - Drama - 413 pages
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A collection of Kabuki play translations which trace Kabuki's changing relations to Japanese society during the premodern era. Each translation is accompanied by an introduction that contextualizes the play.
 

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Contents

III
27
IV
49
V
73
VI
83
VII
107
VIII
135
IX
173
X
215
XII
285
XIII
319
XIV
353
XV
377
XVI
395
XVII
399
XVIII
403
XIX
412

XI
243

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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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