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The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan: Honor, Vengeance, and love in four Plays of the 18th and 19th Centuries by Stanleigh H. Jones (review)

The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan: Honor, Vengeance, and love in four Plays of the 18th and... Japan THE BUNRAKU PUPPET THEATRE OF JAPAN: HONOR, VEN- GEANCE, AND LOVE IN FOUR PLAYS OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. Translated and annotated by Stanleigh H. Jones. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013. 320 pp. 20 illustrations. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $29.00. Chikamatsu Monzaemon is often referred to as the Shakespeare of the Japa- nese traditional puppet theatre, bunraku. His plays have been in almost contin- uous performance since his lifetime (in the early eighteenth century) and rep- resent the majority of the repertoire of the National Bunraku Theatre of Japan today. Most anthologies that include translations of bunraku scripts, there- fore, focus on Chikamatsu’s work; the few anthologies specifically dedicated to bunraku are almost all simply collections of Chikamatsu’s plays. Stanleigh H. Jones’s collection of four thoughtfully translated bunraku scripts flies in the face of this expectation, including not a single play by Chikamatsu. Rather, the collection explores the period after the so-called golden age of bunraku and Chikamatsu’s death in 1725. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, when these plays were written, bunraku was steadily overtaken by the other popular the- atre of the time, kabuki. The plays represent influential writers from a key transitional time http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan: Honor, Vengeance, and love in four Plays of the 18th and 19th Centuries by Stanleigh H. Jones (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 32 (2) – Sep 14, 2015

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Japan THE BUNRAKU PUPPET THEATRE OF JAPAN: HONOR, VEN- GEANCE, AND LOVE IN FOUR PLAYS OF THE 18TH AND 19TH CENTURIES. Translated and annotated by Stanleigh H. Jones. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2013. 320 pp. 20 illustrations. Cloth, $65.00; paper, $29.00. Chikamatsu Monzaemon is often referred to as the Shakespeare of the Japa- nese traditional puppet theatre, bunraku. His plays have been in almost contin- uous performance since his lifetime (in the early eighteenth century) and rep- resent the majority of the repertoire of the National Bunraku Theatre of Japan today. Most anthologies that include translations of bunraku scripts, there- fore, focus on Chikamatsu’s work; the few anthologies specifically dedicated to bunraku are almost all simply collections of Chikamatsu’s plays. Stanleigh H. Jones’s collection of four thoughtfully translated bunraku scripts flies in the face of this expectation, including not a single play by Chikamatsu. Rather, the collection explores the period after the so-called golden age of bunraku and Chikamatsu’s death in 1725. In the late 1700s and early 1800s, when these plays were written, bunraku was steadily overtaken by the other popular the- atre of the time, kabuki. The plays represent influential writers from a key transitional time

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 14, 2015

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