Publications

slide

Kabuki’s Forgotten War

by James R. Brandon According to a myth constructed after Japan’s surrender to the Allied Forces in 1945, kabuki was a pure, classical art form with no real place in modern Japanese society. In Kabuki’s Forgotten War, senior theater scholar James R. Brandon calls this view into question and makes a […]

slide

Unspeakable Acts

by Carol F. Soregenfrei Iconoclast, outlaw, genius, terrorist, pornographer: Terayama Shûji (1935–1983) has been labeled all of these and more. One of postwar Japan’s most gifted and controversial playwrights/directors, Terayama has been compared to such artists as Robert Wilson and John Cage. During his lifetime his work incited scandal, outrage, […]

slide

Chinese Shakespeares

by Alexander C. Y. Huang For close to two hundred years, the ideas of Shakespeare have inspired incredible work in the literature, fiction, theater, and cinema of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. From the novels of Lao She and Lin Shu to Lu Xun’s search for a Chinese “Shakespeare,” and […]

slide

Theatre and Religion on Krishna’s Stage

by David V. Mason Theatre and Religion on Krishna’s Stage examines the history and form of India’s râs lila folk theatre, and discusses how this theatre functions as a mechanism of worship and spirituality among Krishna devotees in India. From analyses of performances and conversations with performers, audience, and local scholars, Mason argues […]