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Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu

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Well known for capturing unique moments in Japanese life, Chikamatsu Monzaemon's (1653-1725) work comprises one of the first major tragedies written about ordinary people. This newly issued edition provides a representative selection of his work, including three of the most popular domestic dramas and one history play. Chikamatsu's domestic dramas are accurate reflections of Japanese society and its life: his characters are samurai, farmers, merchants, and prostitutes who speak colloquially in shops, streets, tea-houses, and brothels. The heroes and heroines gain their tragic stature from pressures placed upon them by society. Donald Keene's translation of the original text is presented here with an introduction and a new preface to aid readers in their comprehension and enjoyment of the plays.

Review:

"[Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu is]... single-handedly responsible for the current popularity of Japanese literature in English-speaking countries." The New Yorker

Synopsis:

Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) wrote some 130 plays, chiefly for the puppet theater, many of which are still performed today by puppet operators and Kabuki actors. Chikamatsu is thought to have written the first major tragedies about the common man. This edition of four of his most important plays includes three popular domestic dramas and one history play.Chikamatsu's domestic dramas are accurate reflections of Japanese society at the time: his characters are samurai, farmers, merchants, and prostitutes who speak colloquially, and who people the shops, streets, teahouses, and brothels that consituted their daily environment. The heroes and heroines of theses plays gain their tragic stature from their conflict with society. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki and The Love Suicides at Amijima became so popular that they initiated a vouge for love suicides, both in life and onstage.Donald Keene's translation of the original text is presented here with an introduction and a new preface to aid readers in their comprehension and enjoyment of the plays.

Synopsis:

Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) wrote some 130 plays, chiefly for the puppet theater, many of which are still performed today, and he is thought to have written the first major tragedies about the common man. This edition contains four of his most important plays including three popular domestic dramas and one history play.

About the Author

Donald Keene is Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and University Professor Emeritus at Columbia University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231111010
Other:
Chikamatsu, Monzaemon
Author:
Chikamatsu, X.
Author:
Chikamatsu, Monzaemon
Author:
Keene, Donald
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Chikamatsu, Monzaemon
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Japan Social life and customs.
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics (Paperback)
Publication Date:
19970931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
7.94x5.54x.45 in. .60 lbs.

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"Review" by , "[Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu is]... single-handedly responsible for the current popularity of Japanese literature in English-speaking countries."
"Synopsis" by , Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) wrote some 130 plays, chiefly for the puppet theater, many of which are still performed today by puppet operators and Kabuki actors. Chikamatsu is thought to have written the first major tragedies about the common man. This edition of four of his most important plays includes three popular domestic dramas and one history play.Chikamatsu's domestic dramas are accurate reflections of Japanese society at the time: his characters are samurai, farmers, merchants, and prostitutes who speak colloquially, and who people the shops, streets, teahouses, and brothels that consituted their daily environment. The heroes and heroines of theses plays gain their tragic stature from their conflict with society. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki and The Love Suicides at Amijima became so popular that they initiated a vouge for love suicides, both in life and onstage.Donald Keene's translation of the original text is presented here with an introduction and a new preface to aid readers in their comprehension and enjoyment of the plays.
"Synopsis" by , Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725) wrote some 130 plays, chiefly for the puppet theater, many of which are still performed today, and he is thought to have written the first major tragedies about the common man. This edition contains four of his most important plays including three popular domestic dramas and one history play.
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