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Heroes of the Kabuki stage : an introduction to kabuki, with retellings of famous plays illustrated by woodblock prints

Author: Arendie Herwig; Henk Herwig
Publisher: Amsterdam : Hotei Pub., ©2004.
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"A large section of the book is devoted to retellings of 37 popular kabuki plays, many of which are still performed. Each retelling is preceded by a short introduction detailing the origin and characteristics of the play, and is supplemented with notes on theatrical customs and anecdotes. Main scenes of the plays and leading actor roles are illuminated by colourful woodblock prints designed by famous artists active  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Stories, plots, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arendie Herwig; Henk Herwig
ISBN: 9074822614 9789074822619
OCLC Number: 60348989
Description: 359 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: Kabuki in a social and historical perspective --
Illustrating the world of kabuki --
Retellings of plays and dance dramas --
1. Love letters from the licensed quarter --
2. The Soga brothers' revenge --
3. Wait a moment! --
4. Umegawa and Chubei --
5. Sukeroku, the flower of Edo --
6. Watonai and the battles of Coxinga --
7. The pirate Kezori and the girl from Hakata --
8. The exile of Priest Shunkan --
9. Abe Yasuna and the white fox woman, Kuzunoha --
10. The secret art of rowing backwards --
11. Usuyuki and the cursed sword --
12. Priest Narukami and the rain dragon --
13. The summer festival --
14. Sugawara's secrets of calligraphy --
15. Yoshitsune and the thousand cherry trees --
16. Chushingura, the story of the loyal retainers --
17. Two butterflies, Chogoro and Chokichi --
18. The battle of Ichinotani --
19. The maiden at the Dojo temple (dance) --
20. Filial piety and the secret books of strategy --
21. The Yaguchi ferry and the magic arrows --
22. Imoseyama, an example of womanly virtue --
23. The subscription list (dance) --
24. Nikki Danjo and the disputed succession --
25. Disfigured Kasane --
26. Kagamiyama, an example of women's loyalty --
27. Love at the snow-covered barrier gate (dance) --
28. Godairiki, five great powers that secure love --
29. Ume Yoshibei and the stolen poem card --
30. The last days of Akechi Mitsuhide --
31. The scandalous love of Osome and Hisamatsu --
32. Scabbards brushing in the Yoshiwara --
33. A ghost story at Yotsuya on the Tokaido --
34. Asagao, diary of a morning glory --
35. The love affair of Otomi and scarfaced Yosaburo --
36. Benten, the thief --
37. The austerities of Mongaku.
Responsibility: Arendie & Henk Herwig.

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"A large section of the book is devoted to retellings of 37 popular kabuki plays, many of which are still performed. Each retelling is preceded by a short introduction detailing the origin and characteristics of the play, and is supplemented with notes on theatrical customs and anecdotes. Main scenes of the plays and leading actor roles are illuminated by colourful woodblock prints designed by famous artists active from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The bibliography includes up-to-date references to important publications about kabuki in Western languages. Heroes of the Kabuki Stage is unique for its extensive index on playwrights, actors, print artists, publishers, roles, subjects and attributes, which will enable readers and print collectors to find their way in the fascinating world of kabuki."--Jacket.

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