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The Japanese Theatre:
From Shamanistic Ritual to Contemporary Pluralism
Benito Ortolani

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Preface to the Revised Edition
Periods in Japanese History
Ch. I. The Beginnings
Jomon Period (-ca. 250 B.C.)
Yayoi Period (ca. 250 B.C.-ca. 300 A.D.)
Kofun Period (ca. 300 A.D.-710 A.D.) The Haniwa
Kojiki and Nihongi (Eighth Century)
Uzume's Trance
Umisachi's Pantomime
"Indigenous" versus "Imported"
Ch. II. Kagura
The Word Kagura
Use of the Name Kagura
Division of Kagura
Ch. III. Gigaku
Contents and Style
Controversy about the Origins
Survival of Gigaku
Ch. IV. Bugaku
The Words Bugaku and Gagaku
History of Gagaku and Bugaku
Division of Bugaku
Historical Outline of Bugaku Dances
Bugaku Costumes
Bugaku Masks
Bugaku Props
Musical Instruments
The Bugaku Stage
Ch. V. Theatrical Arts in the Ninth to the Thirteenth Century
The Words No, Kyogen, Nogaku
The Sangaku and Sarugaku Traditions
The Words Sangaku and Sarugaku
Relation between Sangaku and Sarugaku
Heian Shin Sarugaku in Performance
The Shushi Sarugaku
The Okina Sarugaku
The Furyu Tradition
The Ennen Tradition
The Dengaku Tradition
The Shugen Tradition
Kusemai, Shirabyoshi, Ko-uta and Rambu
Social Position of the Performers
Ch. VI. Nogaku
Theories on the Origins of No
History of Nogaku
Zeami's Secret Tradition of the No
Basic Concepts of Zeami's Aesthetics
Zenchiku's Theories on the No
The No Plays
The Performance of No
The No Stage
Costumes, Props, and Masks
Kyogen: A New Perspective
The Theories of Okura Toraaki
Classification of Kyogen Plays
The Performance of Kyogen
Mystery Plays and School Theatre of the Jesuits
Ch. VII. Kabuki
Background of Kabuki and Joruri
History of Kabuki: An Overview
Kabuki in Performance
Costumes and Make-up
Theatre Buildings, Stage, and Decor
Kabuki and Joruri Playwrights
Kabuki Juhachiban
Geidan: Actors' Memoirs
Ch. VIII. The Puppet Theatre
The Words Joruri and Bunraku
History of Joruri
Bunraku after the Meiji Restoration
The Stage
Bunraku Aesthetics
Ch. IX. The Modern Theatre: Shimpa
Origins of the Shimpa Movement: Sudo Sadanori
Kawakami Otojiro
Seibikan and Other Companies
The Golden Age of Shimpa
The Decadence of Shimpa
Shimpa from World War II
Ch. X. Shingeki: The New Drama
The Period of Trial Plays (1906-1913)
The Period of Commercialization (1914-1923)
The Early Tsukiji Little Theatre Movement (1924-1927)
The Leftist Propaganda Plays (1928-1932)
The Artistic Period (1933-1940)
Shingeki after World War II (1944-1994)
The Underground Theatre Movement (1960-1985)
Ch. XI. Modern Music and Dance Theatre
The Takarazuka Revue Company
Revue, Operetta, Miscellaneous Entertainments
Buto and the Phenomenon of Circularity
Ch. XII. History of Western Research on the Japanese Theatre
From Mid-Sixteenth to Mid-Nineteenth Century
From Mid-Nineteenth Century to Showa
The Showa Period to the End of World War II
Following World War II
Japanese Contributions to Western Languages

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