Asian Theatre Journal

Asian Theatre Journal 17.2, Fall 2000

Contents

Play

    Tsuruya, Nanboku, 1755-1829.
    Kennelly, Paul B., tr.
  • Ehon Gappo ga Tsuji: A Kabuki Drama of Unfettered Evil
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    Subject Headings:
    • Drama.
    Abstract:
      Early nineteenth-century Japanese theatre was dominated by the kabuki playwright Tsuruya Nanboku IV, who seized on the fascination with evil and the vendetta in contemporary literature to create a new type of kabuki play. This genre--of which Ehon Gappo ga Tsuji is the finest example--focuses on the role types of the handsome young villain (iroaku) and wicked woman (akuba).

Articles

    Ley, Graham.
  • Aristotle's Poetics, Bharatamuni's Natyasastra, and Zeami's Treatises: Theory as Discourse
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aristotle. Poetics.
    • Bharata Muni. Natyasastra.
    • Zeami, 1363-1443.
    • Theater.
    Abstract:
      Scholars have often pursued comparative studies of major traditions of theatrical theory (Greek, Sanskrit, and no), and the theories themselves are often used as windows on vanished modes of performance. This article, however, considers the theoretical treatises as discourses that advance claims about the status of theatre and establish value through the creation of standards for achievement. The author situates treatises on the art of theatre in the context of philosophical debate (Greek), religious and ethical writing (Sanskrit), and courtly aesthetics (Japanese) and examines the question of discursive communities and those to whom theatrical theory is addressed.
    Lee, Sang-Kyong, 1934-
  • Edward Gordon Craig and Japanese Theatre
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    Subject Headings:
    • Craig, Edward Gordon, 1872-1966.
    • Theater -- Japan -- Influence.
    Abstract:
      Edward Gordon Craig's conception of theatre was stimulated not only by the European past but also by the Far East, especially the Japanese theatre. This influence can be claimed in particular for his endeavors to devise an aesthetic in which all the arts combined on stage to create a "total" theatre and in his emphasis on dance and color symbolism. Professor Lee's essay offers a detailed account of the myriad ways in which Craig was influenced by traditional Japanese theatre.
    Daugherty, Diane.
  • Fifty Years On: Arts Funding in Kerala Today
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    Subject Headings:
    • Performing arts -- India -- Kerala -- Finance.
    Abstract:
      This article examines the funding of three performing arts of Kerala, considered India's most progressive state. The data collected by Diane Daugherty during the yearlong Golden Jubilee celebration of Indian independence reveal that while the level of support was woefully inadequate, Kerala is on the right track in its approach to tourism and the arts.

Debut Panel Papers

    Rath, Eric C.
  • From Representation to Apotheosis: No's Modern Myth of Okina
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    Subject Headings:
    • No.
    Abstract:
      Modern discussions of ritual and the origins of the six-hundred-year-old Japanese no theatre have focused on the enigmatic Okina dance--one of the "three rites," shikisanban, enacted today by performers at the New Year's and other ceremonial occasions. For modern no actors, Okina is the heart of no: a living prototype of the ritual theatre no once supposedly embodied but somehow lost. Yet Okina's very rituality differentiates it from no. Hence Okina is cited both as an archetype of no's past and as a salient point of contrast for defining no's artistry today.

      This article declares this relationship between Okina and no to be a modern formulation resulting from three factors: a change in religiosity in the early twentieth century, the role of scholars and performers of that era in reclaiming Okina's centrality to no, and assumptions in the fields of anthropology and folklore studies about the origin of theatre in ritual. The modern conceptualization of Okina functions as an invented tradition engendering authority for no professionals, particularly the hereditary elite, who compete to lay claim to its mystery, sanctity, and power.

    Weinstein, John B.
  • Multilingual Theatre in Contemporary Taiwan
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    Subject Headings:
    • Theater -- Taiwan.
    • Li, Guoxiu. Sanren xinbuxing IV. Changqi wanming.
    • Xu, Ruifang. Fenghuanghua kaile.
    Abstract:
      Several recent theatrical works in Taiwan have used multiple languages within a single performance. Using two 1997 productions as examples, John B. Weinstein argues that this multilingual technique, which feels natural to playwrights, actors, and audiences in Taiwan, enables the playwrights to explore issues of identity more extensively. Furthermore, the audience's experience varies in accordance with each member's own language background.

Book Reviews

    Shen, Grant.
  • Chinese Theories of Theater and Performance from Confucius to the Present (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fei, Faye Chunfang, 1957-, ed. Chinese theories of theater and performance from Confucius to the present.
    • Theater -- China -- History.
    Lattrell, Craig.
  • Theater and Martial Arts in West Sumatra: Randai and Silek of the Minangkabau (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pauka, Kirstin, 1963- Theater and martial arts in West Sumatra: Randai and silek of the Minangkabau.
    • Randai.
    Shim, Jung Soon.
  • The Metacultural Theater of Oh T'ae-sok: Five Plays from the Korean Avant-Garde (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • O, Tae-sok, 1940- Metacultural theater of Oh T'ae-sok: five plays from the Korean avant-garde.
    • Kim, Ah-jeong, tr.
    • Graves, R. B., 1946-, tr.
    • Drama.
    Jiang, David W.
  • New Sites for Shakespeare: Theatre, the Audience, and Asia (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Brown, John Russell. New sites for Shakespeare: theatre, the audience, and Asia.
    • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Dramatic production.
    Kominz, Laurence Richard, 1952-
  • The Voyage of Contemporary Japanese Theatre (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Senda, Akihiko, 1940- Voyage of contemporary Japanese theatre.
    • Rimer, J. Thomas, tr.
    • Theater -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
    Rath, Eric C.
  • Troubled Souls from Japanese Noh Plays of the Fourth Group, and: Dramatic Representations of Filial Piety: Five Noh in Translation (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Shimazaki, Chifumi, 1910-, tr. Troubled souls from Japanese noh plays of the fourth group.
    • Smethurst, Mae J., 1935- Dramatic representations of filial piety: five noh in translation.
    • No plays -- Translations into English.
    • Filial piety -- Japan.
    Sorgenfrei, Carol Fisher.
  • Half a Century of Japanese Theater: The 1990's Part I (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Japan Playwrights Association, ed. Half a century of Japanese theater.
    • Japanese drama -- 20th century -- Translations into English.



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