Wondrous Brutal Fictions: Eight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater ePub (Adobe DRM) download by R. Keller Kimbrough

Wondrous Brutal Fictions: Eight Buddhist Tales from the Early Japanese Puppet Theater

Columbia University Press
Publication date: March 2013
ISBN: 9780231518338
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As works of Buddhist fiction, these texts relate the histories and miracles of particular buddhas, bodhisattvas, and local deities. Many of their protagonists have become recognizable cultural icons through their representation in later works of Japanese drama, fiction, and film. The collection includes such sekkyo “sermon-ballad” classics as Sansho Dayu, Karukaya, and Oguri, as well as the “old joruri” plays Goo-no-hime and Amida’s Riven Breast. R. Keller Kimbrough provides a critical introduction to each vibrant performance genre, emphasizing the role of seventeenth-century publishing in their spread. He also details six major sekkyo chanters and their playbooks, filling a crucial scholarly gap in early Edo-period theater. More than fifty reproductions of mostly seventeenth-century woodblock illustrations offer rich, visual foundations for the critical introduction and translated tales. Ideal for students and scholars of medieval and early modern Japanese literature, theater, and Buddhism, this collection provides an unprecedented encounter with popular Buddhist drama and its far-reaching impact on literature and culture.
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