The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama

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This anthology is the first to survey the full range of modern Japanese drama and make available JapanA•s best and most representative twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century works in one volume. Divided into six chronological sections: A’The Age of Taisho DramaA“; The Tsukiji Tsukiji Little Theater and Its AftermathA“; A’Wartime and Postwar DramaA“; A’The 1960s and Underground TheaterA“; A’The 1980s and BeyondA“; and A’Popular Theater, A“ the collection opens with a comprehensive introduction to Meiji period drama and provides an informal yet complete history of twentieth-century Japanese theater for students, scholars, instructors, and dramatists. The collection features a mix of original and previously published translations of works, among them plays by such writers as Masamune Hakucho (The Couple Next Door), Enchi Fumiko (Restless Night in Late Spring), Abe Kobo (The Man Who Turned into a Stick), Morimoto Kaoru (A WomanA•s Life), Kara Juro (Two Women), Terayama Shuji (Poison Boy), Noda Hideki (Poems for Sale), and Mishima Yukio (The Sardine SellerA•s Net of Love). Leading translators include Donald Keene, J. Thomas Rimer, Mitsuyra Mori, M. Cody Poulton, John Gillespie, Mari Boyd, and Brian Powell. Each section features an introduction to the developments and character of the period, notes on the playsA• productions, and photographs of their stage performances. The volume complements any course on modern Japanese literature and any study of modern drama in China, Korea, or other Asian or contemporary Western nation.His play The Plover (Chidori, 1960) explores some of the same concerns, played out in a lyrical and sometimes dreamlike setting. ... The establishment of this alternative space, plus his skillful use of a highly poetic and lyrical stage language, allowed Tanaka to ... for the famous and beloved Sugimura Haruko, who also performed the leading role in Morimoto Kaorua#39;s A Womana#39;s Life, as noted earlier.

Title:The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama
Author:J. Thomas Rimer, Mitsuya Mori, M. Cody Poulton
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2014-03-18


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