Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre

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Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 30, 2014 - Performing Arts - 814 pages
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Historical Dictionary of Japanese Traditional Theatre is the only dictionary that offers detailed comprehensive coverage of the most important terms, people, and plays in the four principal traditional Japanese theatrical forms—nō, kyōgen, bunraku, and kabuki—supplemented with individual historical essays on each form.

This updated edition adds well over 200 plot summaries representing each theatrical form in addition to:
  • a chronology;
  • introductory essay;
  • appendixes;
  • an extensive bibliography;
  • over 1500 cross-referenced entries on important terms;
  • brief biographies of the leading artists and writers;
  • and plot summaries of significant plays.

This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the Japanese theatre.

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Samuel L. Leiter is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author and/or editor of 26 books on Japanese theatre, New York theatre, the great stage directors, and Shakespeare.

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