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Troubled Souls from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fourth Group, and: Dramatic Representations of Filial Piety: Five Noh in Translation (review)

Troubled Souls from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fourth Group, and: Dramatic Representations of... TROUBLED SOULS FROM JAPANESE NOH PLAYS OF THE FOURTH GROUP. Translated by Chifumi Shimazaki. Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Program, 1998. xvi + 342 pp. Cloth $28; paper $17 DRAMATIC REPRESENTATIONS OF FILIAL PIETY: FIVE NOH IN TRANSLATION. Translated by Mae J. Smethurst. Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Program, 1998. x + 172 pp. Cloth $22; paper $14 Two recent collections of nö plays continue the great contribution of the Cornell East Asia Program in scholarly studies and translations of traditional Japanese theatre. Chifumi Shimazaki's Troubled Souls is the latest work in her series surveying plays from the five categories of nö. Nö are roughly categorized according to the role enacted by the lead performer (shite). Auspicious deities, suffering warriors, women, and supernatural beings form the first, second, third, and fifth categories respectively. The fourth category, which Shimazaki addresses in the present collection, is the largest: it encompasses several genres of plays including works about madwomen and realistic "present-life" (genzai mono) dramas featuring unmasked roles of "living persons." Shimazaki's own subdivision, "troubled souls," could almost be subtitled "marginal figures" for its inclusion of plays about a woman who transforms into a devil (Kanawa), a street preacher skilled in the performing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Theatre Journal University of Hawai'I Press

Troubled Souls from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fourth Group, and: Dramatic Representations of Filial Piety: Five Noh in Translation (review)

Asian Theatre Journal , Volume 17 (2) – Sep 1, 2000

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TROUBLED SOULS FROM JAPANESE NOH PLAYS OF THE FOURTH GROUP. Translated by Chifumi Shimazaki. Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Program, 1998. xvi + 342 pp. Cloth $28; paper $17 DRAMATIC REPRESENTATIONS OF FILIAL PIETY: FIVE NOH IN TRANSLATION. Translated by Mae J. Smethurst. Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Program, 1998. x + 172 pp. Cloth $22; paper $14 Two recent collections of nö plays continue the great contribution of the Cornell East Asia Program in scholarly studies and translations of traditional Japanese theatre. Chifumi Shimazaki's Troubled Souls is the latest work in her series surveying plays from the five categories of nö. Nö are roughly categorized according to the role enacted by the lead performer (shite). Auspicious deities, suffering warriors, women, and supernatural beings form the first, second, third, and fifth categories respectively. The fourth category, which Shimazaki addresses in the present collection, is the largest: it encompasses several genres of plays including works about madwomen and realistic "present-life" (genzai mono) dramas featuring unmasked roles of "living persons." Shimazaki's own subdivision, "troubled souls," could almost be subtitled "marginal figures" for its inclusion of plays about a woman who transforms into a devil (Kanawa), a street preacher skilled in the performing

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Asian Theatre JournalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 1, 2000

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