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A Beggar's Art: Scripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930

M. Cody Poulton


In the opening decades of the twentieth century in Japan, practically every major author wrote plays that were published and performed. This book examines the full range of early twentieth-century Japanese drama and includes translations of representative one-act plays. The book looks at the emergence of drama as a modern literary and artistic form and chronicles the creation of modern Japanese drama as a reaction to both traditional (particularly kabuki) dramaturgy and European drama. Translations and productions of the latter became the model for the so-called New Theatre (shingeki), where t ... More

Keywords: Japanese drama, European drama, traditional dramaturgy, Okada Yachiyo, Hasegawa Shigure, modern drama, prewar drama, melodrama, expressionism, lyricism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833411
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. Cody Poulton, author
University of Victoria