Japanese Theatre and its Contemporary Context
Cross-listed as THEA262 / COMP262 / JAPN260
Japan’s rich and varied performance traditions, old and new, born of different historical settings, coexist to this day and compete for the attention of audiences, domestically and abroad. The forms to be considered (nohgaku, kabuki, bunraku, shingeki, butoh, and Takarazuka all female revue among others) are all dynamic. Each has transformed itself in response to evolving social conditions. This course examines these performance traditions, considers how each reflects the social, cultural, and political context of its birth, and poses the question, “of what relevance is each to a contemporary audience?” Some of the other questions we will explore are: How have these performing traditions transformed themselves throughout history, including after 3.11? What do we mean by traditional? contemporary? How are traditional and contemporary performance genres interacting with each other? How have the central themes of these works evolved? All readings and discussion will be in English.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, presentations, written journals, two short papers, and one longer paper
Prerequisites: none; open to all
Distributions: Division I;
Attributes: GBST East Asian Studies Electives