A Beggar's Art: Scripting Modernity in Japanese Drama, 1900-1930
By: M. Cody Poulton (translator)Hardback
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In the opening decades of the twentieth century in Japan, practically every major author wrote plays that were published and performed. The plays were seen not simply as the emergence of a new literary form but as a manifestation of modernity itself, transforming the stage into a site for the exploration of new ideas and ways of being, A Beggar's Art is the first book in English to examine the full range of early twentieth-century Japanese drama. Accompanying his study, M. Cody Poulton provides his translations of representative one-act plays. Poulton looks at the emergence of drama as a modern literary and artistic form and chronicles the creation of modern Japanese drama as a reaction to both traditional (particularly kabuki) dramaturgy and European drama. Following introductory essays on the development of Japanese drama from the 1880s to the early 1930s, are translations of nine seminal one-act plays by nine dramatists, (including two women): Akita Ujaku, Hasegawa Shigure, Izumi Ky?ka, Kikuchi Kan, Kishida Kunio, Kubota Mantar?, Okada Yachiyo, Suzuki Senzabur?, and Tanaka Chika.
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