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Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays

Traditional Japanese Theater: An Anthology of Plays

Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231108720

National Book Award-winning translator and scholar Karen Brazell presents the first comprehensive gathering in a single volume of the most celebrated plays in all the important genres of traditional Japanese theater. This unique collection contains 200 figures that illustrate this powerful form. It also includes a complete glossary, cross-referenced with the illustrations, to provide clear explanations of technical terms. 200 illustrations.

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This is a collection of the most important genres of Japanese performance -- noh, kyogen, kabuki, and bamrili puppet theater -- in one comprehensive, authoritative volume. Organized by genre, each section features a rich selection of representative plays and explorations into each theatrical style and is prefaced by an illustrative essay covering a wide range of subjects, from stage direction to musical accompaniment. With classic and new translations of more than thirty plays and scenes -- along with Brazell's detailed, historically rich supplementary material and copious illustrations -- no better anthology exists for students of this most fascinating and diverse dramatic tradition.

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