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Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo (review)

Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo (review) ously "wordy," often ambiguous language, and Mishima did not aim for absolute naturalism. One of the translator's most difficult tasks is to determine whether to be absolutely faithful to an original, or to "improve" it in order to make it more palatable in an alien culture. Both paths have pitfalls, and often there is no simple answer. Regardless of these minor reservations, and regardless of your feelings about Mishima, this book is a valuable and fascinating contribution that goes a long way toward helping us understand Mishima's role in postwar Japanese theatre. Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei University of California, Los Angeles RAKUGO: PERFORMING COMEDY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN CONTEMPORARY TOKYO. By Lorie Brau. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008. xv, 257 pp. 9 black-and-white illus. Notes, glossary, bibliography, and index. Cloth, $75.00; paper, $34.95. Japan scholars, students, and those interested in traditional performing and narrative arts, early modern and modern history, popular culture, media, humor, and heritage--all these will surely want to have Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage by Lorie Brau on their shelves, for both research and enjoyment. Rakugo is imperative to consider in gaining a fuller understanding of early modern Japan's comic literature (gesaku), the origins of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage in Contemporary Tokyo (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 26 (1) – Apr 1, 2008

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ously "wordy," often ambiguous language, and Mishima did not aim for absolute naturalism. One of the translator's most difficult tasks is to determine whether to be absolutely faithful to an original, or to "improve" it in order to make it more palatable in an alien culture. Both paths have pitfalls, and often there is no simple answer. Regardless of these minor reservations, and regardless of your feelings about Mishima, this book is a valuable and fascinating contribution that goes a long way toward helping us understand Mishima's role in postwar Japanese theatre. Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei University of California, Los Angeles RAKUGO: PERFORMING COMEDY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IN CONTEMPORARY TOKYO. By Lorie Brau. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008. xv, 257 pp. 9 black-and-white illus. Notes, glossary, bibliography, and index. Cloth, $75.00; paper, $34.95. Japan scholars, students, and those interested in traditional performing and narrative arts, early modern and modern history, popular culture, media, humor, and heritage--all these will surely want to have Rakugo: Performing Comedy and Cultural Heritage by Lorie Brau on their shelves, for both research and enjoyment. Rakugo is imperative to consider in gaining a fuller understanding of early modern Japan's comic literature (gesaku), the origins of

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Published: Apr 1, 2008

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