Kabuki Plays on Stage v. 3; Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864 (Hardback)
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Kabuki Plays on Stage v. 3; Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864 (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 31/07/2002
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Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864, is the third volume in a monumental new series - the first collection of kabuki play translations to be published in nearly a quarter of a century. Fifty-one plays, published in four volumes, vividly trace kabuki's changing relations to Japanese society during the premodern era. The fourteen plays translated in Volume 3, Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864, mark an extreme point in the development of kabuki dramaturgy. The plays are remarkable, even within kabuki, for their intense theatricality, gutsy individualism of character, cold-blooded and ferocious violence, realism pushed into fantasy and grotesquery, novelty for its own sake, sexual aggressiveness, and assertion of female will. The plays depict a society in extremis, the end of an era, a time often marked by unmitigated darkness and desire.

Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
ISBN: 9780824824556
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 1211 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 29 mm

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