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Kabuki at the Crossroads: Years of Crisis, 1952–1965 by Samuel L. Leiter (review)

Kabuki at the Crossroads: Years of Crisis, 1952–1965 by Samuel L. Leiter (review) Japan KABUKI AT THE CROSSROADS: YEARS OF CRISIS, 1952­1965. Samuel L. Leiter. Leiden: Global Oriental, 2013. 744 pp. Cloth, $213.00. Numerous scholars throughout the years have explored history as a philosophical concept. Historical scholarship is almost always now presented with theoretical disclaimers and philosophical discourses about meanings and methodologies employed by the scholar. All of this is, of course, necessary and critical to good scholarly inquiry. However, one of the great joys of being asked to do a book review is the rare moment when a book not only contains these critical analytics, but also remembers that at its heart, history is a story being told. That is why reading Samuel Leiter's excellent work Kabuki at the Crossroads: Years of Crisis, 1952­1965 is such a delight. Not only is the work a significant volume of scholarship, but Leiter also brings this era in kabuki to life, letting the readers know the personalities, idiosyncrasies, and interactions between major stars, producers, companies, and authors. The result is a compelling, engaging, and informative book that captures the reader's interest while providing an exhaustive overview of kabuki during those thirteen years. Leiter's book begins in 1952 at the official end of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Kabuki at the Crossroads: Years of Crisis, 1952–1965 by Samuel L. Leiter (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 33 (1) – Mar 11, 2016

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Japan KABUKI AT THE CROSSROADS: YEARS OF CRISIS, 1952­1965. Samuel L. Leiter. Leiden: Global Oriental, 2013. 744 pp. Cloth, $213.00. Numerous scholars throughout the years have explored history as a philosophical concept. Historical scholarship is almost always now presented with theoretical disclaimers and philosophical discourses about meanings and methodologies employed by the scholar. All of this is, of course, necessary and critical to good scholarly inquiry. However, one of the great joys of being asked to do a book review is the rare moment when a book not only contains these critical analytics, but also remembers that at its heart, history is a story being told. That is why reading Samuel Leiter's excellent work Kabuki at the Crossroads: Years of Crisis, 1952­1965 is such a delight. Not only is the work a significant volume of scholarship, but Leiter also brings this era in kabuki to life, letting the readers know the personalities, idiosyncrasies, and interactions between major stars, producers, companies, and authors. The result is a compelling, engaging, and informative book that captures the reader's interest while providing an exhaustive overview of kabuki during those thirteen years. Leiter's book begins in 1952 at the official end of the

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 11, 2016

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