East Asian Languages & Cultures | History of Japanese Theatre and Drama
E473 | 1570 | Jones


This course will trace the history of Japanese theater and drama from the
ancient courtly gagaku/bugaku to current avant-garde plays.  These all have
been nurtured by themes, stories, and conventions in indigenous folklore,
religions, and literature while being enriched by inspirations from
continental Asian traditions in the early times as well as European trands
and techniques in the modern period.  Textual analyses will be largely
focused on medieval noh plays, early modern jorun puppet plays, and kabuki
theater.  In addition, some examples of modern shingeki repertory theater
and avant-garde plays will be studied.  Japanese theories of performance
since Zeami will be studied in comparison with Aristotelian and other
Western concepts.  Emphasis will be put on performance (including music,
dance, and acting) and production by the aid of video and sound tape

Course requirements include two extra sessions scheduled in the evening for
viewing full-length films/video recordings.  Also, there will be a midterm
examination, an oral presentation, and a short term paper.  Assignments
will be different in nature and scope for graduate students as they are
expected to work on individual research projects throughout the semester.

This course meets with EALC E505/J521 and THTR T583.  Students who are
enrolled in this course for credits in Japanese are expected to read a
number of materials in the original.