Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History

A New History of Medieval Japanese Theatre

Noh and Kyōgen from 1300 to 1600

Authors: Pinnington, Noel J.

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  • Represents the only modern history of Noh and Kyōgen in English
  • Covers a long period and considers a broad spectrum of social and literary contexts
  • Uses contemporary research in Japan, Asia, Europe and America
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This book traces the history of noh and kyōgen, the first major Japanese theatrical arts. Going beyond P. G. O'Neill's Early Nō Drama of 1958, it covers the full period of noh's medieval development and includes a chapter dedicated to the comic art of kyōgen, which has often been left in noh's shadow. It is based on contemporary research in Japan, Asia, Europe and America, and embraces current ideas of theatre history, providing a richly contextualized account which looks closely at theatrical forms and genres as they arose. 

The masked drama of noh, with its ghosts, chanting and music, and its use in Japanese films, has been the object of modern international interest. However, audiences are often confused as to what noh actually is. This book attempts to answer where noh came from, what it was like in its day, and what it was for. To that end, it contains sections which discuss a number of prominent noh plays in their period and challenges established approaches. It also contains the first detailed study in English of the kyōgen repertoire of the sixteenth-century.

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Noel John Pinnington is Associate Professor Emeritus of the University of Arizona, USA. He has held appointments at the Universities of Cambridge, Arizona, and Kyushu. His recent work includes 'The Early History of the Noh Play: Literacy, Authorship, and Scriptedness' in Monumenta Nipponica (2014) and collaboration on the film adaptation of the noh play Kinuta, set in Arizona, titled Wind Well (2017).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A New History of Medieval Japanese Theatre
Book Subtitle
Noh and Kyōgen from 1300 to 1600
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-06140-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-06140-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-06139-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 225
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