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Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan - Honor, Vengeance and Love in Four Plays of the 18th and 19th Centuries

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Title: Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan - Honor, Vengeance and Love in Four Plays of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Author: Jones, Stanleigh H.
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The plays presented here were first performed between 1769 and 1832, a time when the Japanese puppet theatre known as Bunraku was beginning to lose its pre-eminence to Kabuki. During this period, however, several important puppet plays were created that went on to become standards in both the Bunraku and Kabuki repertoires; three of the plays in this volume achieved this level of importance. This span of some sixty-odd years was also a formative one in the development of how plays were presented, an important feature in the modern staging of works from the traditional plebeian theatre. Only a handful of complete and uncut playsoften as much as ten hours longare produced in Bunraku or Kabuki nowadays; included here is one of these. Two among the four plays contained in this volume are examples of the much more common practice of staging a single popular act or scene from a much longer drama that itself is seldom, if ever, performed in its entirety today.

Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Publication date: 15/11/2012
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780824836801
Publishing status: Indent (2-3 weeks)
Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan - Honor, Vengeance and Love in Four Plays of the 18th and 19th Centuries