Circles of fantasy : convention in the plays of Chikamatsu


Circles of fantasy : convention in the plays of Chikamatsu

C. Andrew Gerstle

(Harvard East Asian monographs, 116)

Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University , Distributed by Harvard University Press, 1986

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Bibliography: p. 221-233

Includes index



ISBN 9780674131712


The vibrant merchant culture of Tokugawa Japan gave rise to many new forms of art, none more fascinating than the puppet theater, Joruri, created chiefly by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, the foremost playwright of popular Japanese drama. In this analysis of Chikamatsu's artistry, Dr. Gerstle focuses on features hitherto neglected by Western scholars the musical structure of Joruri, integral to the form, mood, and movement of the drama. For extensive translations from the various types of Chikamatsu's dramas, Gerstle supplies the musical notations, which illuminate the sophisticated conventions of this unique and timeless artistic form. Chikamatsu's art, combining puppets, text, samisen music, and chanting/narration, encompasses three major types of drama--history, contemporary-life, and love-suicide plays--each with distinct structural features. Gerstle shows how the music of Joruri, a mixture of the samisen and chanting/narration, supplements the texts and expresses a dramatized action or emotion through complex changes in pitch, tempo, and style of delivery. Richly illustrated with woodblock prints, this is a fascinating study, which will be welcomed by scholars of Japanese culture, literature, and musicology.

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This work examines the work of the Japanese playwright, Chikamatsu. It offers information and analysis that should be of interest to readers interested in Japanese or comparative drama.

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