Four Major Plays of Chikamatsu

ISBN-10: 0231111010
ISBN-13: 9780231111010
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.00
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/29/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

Donald Keene was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 18, 1922. He received a bachelor's degree in 1942, a master's degree in 1947, and a doctoral degree in 1951 from Columbia University. During World War II, he served as an intelligence officer in the Navy and worked translating for Japanese prisoners. He taught at Columbia University for 56 years and was named the Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in 1986 and University Professor Emeritus. Keene is considered to be a "Japanologist". He has written, translated, or edited numerous books in both Japanese and English on Japanese literature and culture including The Pleasures of Japanese Literature, Essays in Idleness, So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers, Three Plays of Kobo Abe, Twenty Plays of the No Theater, and The Breaking Jewel. His awards include the Kikuchi Kan Prize of the Society for the Advancement of Japanese Culture, the Japan Foundation Prize and the Tokyo Metropolitan Prize. Soon after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Keene retired and moved to Japan with the intention of living out the remainder of his life there. He acquired Japanese citizenship, and adopted a Japanese legal name. This required him to relinquish his American citizenship, as Japan does not permit dual citizenship.

Preface
Introduction
The Love Suicides at Sonezaki (Sonezaki Shinju)
The Battles of Coxinga (Kokusenya Kassen)
The Uprooted Pine (Nebiki no Kadomatsu)
The Love Suicides at Amijima (Shinju Ten no Amijima)
A Note on Prostitution in Chikamatsu's Plays
Contemporary Puppet Performances of Chikamatsu's Plays
Bibliography

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