Major Plays of Chikamatsu

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Columbia University Press, 1990 - 485 pages
"Major Plays of Chikamatsu gives Western readers a fascinating look at seventeenth century Japanese culture. Like other playwrights before him, Chikamatsu created characters who are members of a society driven by its mores. However, unlike those of other playwrights of the period, Chikamatsu's characters have multidimensional personalities and unconventional voices, making his art more realistc and complex."--Publisher's description.
 

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Includes a large enough selection of Chikamatsu's work to show it is not all typified by the tragic sewamono; there is one jidaimono, Coxinga, and a sewamonmo with a rather improable happy ending, The ... Read full review

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Four plays by the master of Japanese Puppet Theatre. Read full review

Contents

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki Sonezaki Shinju
39
Chikamatsu Frontispiece
42
The Drum of the Waves of Horikawa Horikawa Nami
57
The Drum of the Waves of Horikawa
74
Yosaku from Tamba Tamba Yosaku
91
Yosaku from Tamba
106
The Love Suicides in the Womens Temple Shinjū Mannenső
131
The Love Suicides in the Womens Temple
138
Gonza the Lancer Yari no Gonza
270
Gonza the Lancer 298
298
The Uprooted Pine Nebiki no Kadomatsu
313
The Uprooted Pine
330
The Girl from Hakata or Love at Sea Hakata Kojoro
351
The Love Suicides at Amijima Shinjū Ten no Amijima
387
The Love Suicides at Amijima
394
The WomanKiller and the Hell of Oil
425

The Courier for Hell Meido no Hikyaku
161
The Courier for Hell 170
170
The Battles of Coxinga Kokusenya Kassen
195
The Battles of Coxinga
202
A Note on Prostitution in Chikamatsus Plays
473
Bibliography
481
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Donald Keene, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature at Columbia University, has written, edited, or translated more than thirty books, many of them published by Columbia University Press. Keene has received numerous honors in both the United States and Japan, and was recently elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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