Zeami's Style: The Noh Plays of Zeami Motokiyo

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Stanford University Press, 1 mars 1996 - 319 pages
This is the first full-length study of Zeami Motokiyo (1363 1443), generally recognized as the greatest playwright of Japan's classical Noh theater. The book begins with a biography based on the known documents relating to Zeami's life. It then examines the documentary evidence for authorship and explains the various technical aspects of Noh. Subsequent chapters explore the role of the old man in noh (particularly in the play Takasago), as well as Zeami's plays about women and warriors, with primary attention to Izutsu and Tadanori. The book concludes with a general discussion of Zeami's style and the relationship between his dramatic theory and his plays.
 

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Table des matières

Introduction
1
A Documentary Biography
11
Zeami the Playwright
41
The Aged Mode
65
Illustrations for Plays in the Aged Mode
67
Places Mentioned in the Fourth Dan of the Play Toru
125
The Womans Mode
131
Illustrations for Plays in the Womans Mode
133
The Layering of Time Through the Use of Waka in
156
The Martial Mode
185
Illustration for Plays in the Martial Mode
187
Notes
255
Glossary
291
Annotated Bibliography
301
Index
309
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This is the first full-length study of Zeami Motokiyo (1363 1443), generally recognized as the greatest playwright of Japan's classical Noh theater. The book begins with a biography based on the known documents relating to Zeami's life. It then examines the documentary evidence for authorship and explains the various technical aspects of noh. Subsequent chapters explore the role of the old man in noh (particularly in the play Takasago), as well as Zeami's plays about women and warriors, with primary attention to Izutsu and Tadanori. The book concludes with a general discussion of Zeami's style and the relationship between his dramatic theory and his plays.

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