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The Bunraku Puppet Theatre of Japan: Honor, Vengeance, and Love in Four Plays of the 18th and 19th Centuries


The plays presented here were first performed between 1769 and 1832, a time when the Japanese puppet theatre known as Bunraku was beginning to lose its pre-eminence to Kabuki. During this period, several important puppet plays were created that went on to become standards in both the Bunraku and Kabuki repertoires; three of which are in this book. Only a handful of complete and uncut plays are produced in Bunraku or Kabuki nowadays; included here is one. Two among the four plays in this book are examples of the much more common practice of staging a single popular act or scene from a much long ... More

Keywords: Japanese puppet theatre, Bunraku, Kabuki, puppet plays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835620
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835620.001.0001