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Chikamatsu: Five Late Plays (Translations from the Asian Classics)by C. Andrew Gerstle
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< P> Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), often referred to as Japan's Shakespeare and a god of writers, was arguably the most famous playwright in Japanese history and wrote more than 100 plays for the kabuki and bunraku theaters. Today, the plays of this major literary figure are performed on kabuki and bunraku stages as well as in the modern theater, and forty-nine films of his plays have been made, thirty-one of them from the silent era.< /P> < P> Translations of Chikamatsu's plays are available, but we have few examples of his late work, in which he increasingly incorporated stylistic elements of his shorter, contemporary dramas into his longer period pieces. Translator C. Andrew Gerstle argues that in these mature history plays, Chikamatsu depicted the tension between the private and public spheres of society by combining the rich character development of his contemporary pieces with the larger political themes of his period pieces. < /P> < P> In this volume Gerstle translates five plays — four histories and one contemporary piece — never before available in English that complement other collections of Chikamatsu's work, revealing new dimensions to the work of this great Japanese playwright and artist.< /P>
Book News Annotation:
The latest collected works of Japan's most famous playwright, Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), runs to 17 volumes. Not quite so ambitious, C. Andrew Gerstle (Japanese studies, U. of London) chose five, translating from modern editions and drawing on annotations there to explain some of the allusions. He provides a long general introduction, introductions to each play, notes, and a glossary showing the Japanese original of his translated words.
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Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), Japan's most famous playwright, produced more than one hundred works during a career of about forty-five years spent writing for the joruri (bunraku) and kabuki theaters in Kyoto and Osaka.
Chikamatsu: Five Late Plays, translated and annotated by C. Andrew Gerstle includes new and complete translations of Twins at the Sumida River, Lovers Pond in Settsu Province, Battles at Kawa-nakajima, Love Suicides on the Eve of the Koshin Festival, and Tethered Steed and the Eight Provinces of Kanto, as well as notes, a bibliography, and a glossary of key terms. Interspersed throughout the plays are dozens of Japanese plates, drawings, and figures illustrating the scenes of the plays.
Chikamatsu Monzaemon (1653-1725), often referred to as "Japan's Shakespeare" and a "god of writers," was arguably the most famous playwright in Japanese history and wrote more than 100 plays for the kabuki and bunraku theaters. Today, the plays of this major literary figure are performed on kabuki and bunraku stages and in the modern theater, and forty-nine films of his plays have been made, thirty-one of them from the silent era. In this volume, Gerstle translates five plays never before available in English that complement other collections of Chikamatsu's work.
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