Japanese Political Theatre in the 18th Century: Bunraku Puppet Plays in Social Context (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies) (Paperback)

Japanese Political Theatre in the 18th Century: Bunraku Puppet Plays in Social Context (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies) By Akihiro Odanaka, Masami Iwai Cover Image
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Bunraku has fascinated theatre practitioners through its particular forms of staging, such as highly elaborated manipulation of puppets and exquisite coordination of chanters and shamisen players. However, Bunraku lacks scholarship dedicated to translating not only the language but also cultural barriers of this work.

In this book, Odanaka and Iwai tackle the wealth of bunraku plays underrepresented in English through rexamining their siginifcance on a global scale. Little is written on the fact that bunraku theatre, despites its elegant figures of puppets and exotic stories, was often made as a place to manifest the political concerns of playwrights in the 18th century, hence a reflection of the audience's expectation that could not have materialized outside the theatre.

Japanese Political Theatre in the 18th Century aims to make bunraku texts readable for those who are interested in the political and cultural implications of this revered theatre tradition.

About the Author

Akihiro Odanaka is Professor of Cultural Resources at the Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences of Osaka City University, Japan. His research covers a wide range of research fields, such as modern French theatre, the history of Western theatre, comparative theatre between Western and Japanese works, and the study of culture and representation. He is the author of the award-winning book The Layers of Modern Theatre (Gendai engeki no chisō), which was awarded the 43rd Kawatake prize from the Japanese Society for Theatre Research.Masami Iwai has been Professor in the Faculty of Foreign Studies, Meijo University (Nagoya City), Japan, since 2016. He specializes is a historiography of Japanese traditional theatre from the 17th to the 20th centuries concerning kabuki, bunraku, and other performing arts. Besides his encyclopedic knowledge of Japanese theatre, he has been interested in contemporary British theatre and has translated three plays by Patrick Marber into Japanese: Dealer's Choice, Closer, and Howard Katz. Since 2010, he has been working on a joint research project with Dr. Odanaka.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367516772
ISBN-10: 0367516772
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: February 1st, 2022
Pages: 246
Language: English
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies