A History of Japanese Theatre by Jonah Salz

By Jonah Salz

Japan boasts one of many world's oldest, such a lot vivid and such a lot influential functionality traditions. This obtainable and entire historical past presents a complete evaluate of jap theatre and its carrying on with international impact. Written via eminent overseas students, it spans the complete diversity of dance-theatre genres over the last fifteen hundred years, together with noh theatre, bunraku puppet theatre, kabuki theatre, shingeki sleek theatre, rakugo storytelling, forefront butoh dance and media experimentation. the 1st half addresses conventional genres, their old trajectories and function conventions. half II covers the spectrum of recent genres seeing that Meiji (1868–), and elements III to VI offer discussions of playwriting, structure, Shakespeare, and interculturalism, situating eastern parts inside their international theatrical context. superbly illustrated with images and prints, this historical past good points interviews with key smooth administrators, an outline of historic scholarship in English and eastern, and a timeline. an additional examining record covers various multimedia assets to inspire additional explorations.

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