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Zeami's style : the noh plays of Zeami Motokiyo /
Thomas Blenman Hare.
imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1986.
description
xii, 319 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0804712905 (alk. paper) :
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imprint
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1986.
isbn
0804712905 (alk. paper) :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3536402
 
Bibliography: p. 301-308.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1987-01:
Hare (Stanford) has written the first comprehensive study in English of Zeami (13631443), the greatest playwright of the Noh theater. It includes a biography, an essay on the attribution, structure, and performance of Zeami's plays, and a detailed analysis of three plays, each representative of its type: Takasago (in the ``Aged Mode''), Izutsu (in the ``Women's Mode''), and Tadanori (in the ``Martial Mode''). A transliteration of the Japanese text and an English translation are given for each play. All three have been translated more than once before, but never with such extensive commentary and analysis. Hare's translations are elegent and authoritative and, like his discussion of Zeami's art, are enriched by his personal experience with Noh performance. This enables him, for example, to make revealing comparisons between Zeami's texts and contemporary performance practice. The value of the book is enhanced by an excellent glossary, annotated bibliography, and index. This book is invaluable for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in theater, comparative literature, and Japanese studies. Large public libraries should have it as well.-A.H. Chambers, Wesleyan University
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Choice, January 1987
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" An important contribution to study of the noh theater, and those interested in the noh or seriously working that stretch of the scholarly street are sure to find it required reading." -- Journal of Asian Studies" Superior. . . . The book offers several things heretofore unavailable in English: as detailed a biography as the scant documentation allows, an analysis of the changes in Zeami' s theories over the course of his long life, and excellent analyses and translations of several plays." -- Journal of Japanese Studies

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